It's time to show pride and repay fans' faith

THERE is no bigger game for Worcester Warriors than against Leicester Tigers at Sixways tomorrow night (7.45pm).

It is the business end of the season and we know the ramifications of losing the next few games.

Sometimes we haven't had the results we've wanted this season but we've performed quite well. The disappointing thing about last weekend was that we didn't perform well against Exeter Chiefs.

One thing we have to make sure tomorrow is that we turn up, play with pride in the jersey and give the fans something to shout about.

I've said all along since I've come here that I've been so impressed with the fans. It's clearly been a disappointing season and it must be very frustrating for the fans, it certainly is for us as players.

The support we get from that core of fans week in, week out has really impressed me. I've no doubt that will be the same tomorrow and it's one of the things this club should be really proud of.

Any sportsman will tell you that the best thing when you have a really bad performance is that you get the chance to get back on the horse the following week and right the wrongs.

As a group we've got to see this as a positive opportunity to correct the disappointment of last weekend and to really galvanise our squad and fans for the remaining games of the season.

This week has also seen four new players agree to join the club next season, including Gerrit-Jan van Velze from Northampton Saints.

When I first joined the club, one of things Dean Ryan said was that he had a big eye on the future and developing a culture by bringing in new players over the course of the next couple of years. It's great to see that he's stuck to his word and making some really decent signings.

I have seen van Velze play and he looks a very good player. I think the back row is the heart of the team and it will be good to strengthen in that area.

It's also good to see a few more younger players joining the club. One of the positives over the last couple of months has been the talent that has emerged out of the academy, such as Max Stelling.

When I first joined, compared to where I come from in Wales where the academies are quite large, I noticed how there were only half a dozen players.

However, the great thing about that is that they've been around the team all season. It's quality not quantity and the young lads we've got have done really well.

That's positive for the future and the new signings have got age on their side as well.

One of the big things is for Worcester to keep a core of young players together for the next eight to 10 years.

If you look at any quality side, they manage to do that. That helps develop the culture of the club and I'm sure Dean's got one eye on that and it's good to see those young players will get the opportunity to develop at the club.

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