CRAIG Chalmers has welcomed Worcester's new flyhalf James Brown to the club but insisted he will be firing on all cylinders when the season begins.

Worcester's talismanic outside half hopes to have put his injury problems behind him for next season's promotion push and is confident he will be number one come September.

Brown, who signed in at Sixways on Thursday, is likely to provide Chalmers with more competition for his place than last year, such is assistant coach Andy Keast's faith in him.

Chalmers, however, is not overly concerned about the new addition to the squad.

"He's an up and coming player and obviously the coaching staff at Worcester rate him highly," he said.

"I look forward to meeting him and welcoming James into the squad. I'm sure he'll be a good asset to us next season. Competition for places is what every successful club needs and James will provide that."

The record breaking Scotland player suffered with injury last season but, when fit, still looked, pound for pound, one of the best fly halves in English rugby.

And Chalmers cannot wait for the new season to arrive as he gears up for another shot at promotion with the Gold'n'Blues.

"I know if I can get myself right then everything will be fine," he added. "You cannot worry about anyone else but yourself. Once you start to do that you might as well give up.

"I've got no worries about competition for places. I knew there would be another fly half coming into the club but that does not worry me because I believe in my ability.

"It's just a matter of looking after myself and, at present, I feel great."