CENTRE prospect Heath Stevens is excited about his impending switch to Worcester Warriors – regardless of which division they will be playing in.
The 21-year-old Plymouth Albion midfielder has agreed terms for next season with the Sixways club and is not worried about his future employer’s current struggles at the foot of the Aviva Premiership.
However, despite eagerly anticipating becoming part of Dean Ryan’s Warriors revolution, Stevens insists he is fully committed to the cause with Albion for the remainder of this term.
That certainly seems to be the case as he caught the eye with an impressive try-scoring performance in Albion’s 38-27 defeat to London Scottish last time out.
Stevens produced one of his best showings in an Albion shirt, scoring a try and helping them come back from 19-0 down to take a 27-19 lead.
However, the mid-table Brickfields outfit could not hold on and eventually lost the game.
Stevens said: “Signing for Worcester does not make any difference to what I do on the pitch for the club. As a player, you want to win every single week.
“I want to be winning games for Plymouth and I want to get them as high as I can in the table.”
Despite his loyalties to the Devon club, Stevens admits moving to Sixways was too good an opportunity for him to turn down.
“It is a big opportunity for me – one I’m really looking forward to,” he said. “I will give it my best shot.
“But I am really grateful for what (Albion head coach) James Shanahan) and (fitness coach) James Owen have done for me. I can’t thank them enough and the boys down here are great.”
On his score against Scottish, which was a major turning point for Albion and nearly led to a comeback victory, Stevens added: “Luckily, I managed to get a try and the boys just had a sniff of what we could do.
“From then on we were trying to fight back and I thought we did well to get ahead, but we just could not hold it.
“It was a massive disappointment. We’ve had a good vibe around the club and really wanted to make it four wins on the bounce and thought we could do that.
“We thought we had the game-plan to do it, but we just did not execute it in the first 20 minutes - we let ourselves down in that first 20.
“We did well to get back into the game and get ahead, but in the last five or 10 minutes we went off the boil again.
“Our set-piece let us down. We said that in the changing room and from then on we were struggling a bit to attack.”