WARRIORS director of rugby Dean Ryan has saluted the Saracens Storm player who derailed Worcester Cavaliers’ Aviva A-League glory bid at Sixways.

Scrum-half Ben Spencer produced a man-of-the-match display as Storm sealed a 27- 19 victory at Worcester in the showpiece final on Monday.

Spencer dictated the tempo of the final, which was played in driving rain, and his towering kicks caused problems for Worcester full-back Ben Howard.

“Ben Spencer is the best I have seen at A-level and I am astounded he’s third choice at a top side,” said Ryan. “His kicking game was just phenomenal.”

Ryan confirmed he is speaking to ‘frustrated’ players about coming to Sixways next season and says he’s ‘got pretty live conversations on a number of fronts’.

“We want to get the right people in — it’s not easy but we have some pretty live conversations and people that are engaging with what we are doing,” said Ryan.

“One of the catchment markets for us is people that are trapped at big clubs.

“You look at the great example of someone like Ryan Mills, who was trapped at Gloucester with a bit of frustration.

“Ben Spencer obviously feels he’s got a chance to progress at Sararcens.

“I am not saying that Ben Spencer wants to come to Worcester but he has two topquality players above him which, ultimately, could become very frustrating.

Ryan added: “We have to get people who want to travel with us, care about it and want to integrated into the wider community.

“Otherwise you just become a transfer merry-go-round and we don’t want to be that because our market isn’t that attractive at the top end.”

Ryan says he would like to bring in new players with similar attitude and attributes to Mills and skipper Gerrit-Jan van Velze.

He added: “Some of the big club bringing in star names are capping academy talent and that’s been quite a resourceful market for us to go to.

“Until we can get back in the Premiership and moving up the Premiership that market will always stay the same.

“I think it’s a healthy market and to stray from that puts us at risk of getting it wrong again.”