AUSTRALIAN fly-half Sam Windsor has a big role to play at Sixways, according to director of rugby Dean Ryan.

Windsor was ruled out for around three months in December after dislocating a shoulder on his Worcester debut for the Cavaliers.

Windsor suffered the injury while scoring a try during his bow for the Cavaliers in an impressive 29-15 win at Bristol United in an Aviva A-League fixture.

Windsor is unlikely to play for Warriors again this season.

Ryan said: “We are really excited about what Sam can offer.

“We have seen a lot of footage of him and within 10 minutes of an A-game he lit up the place.

“We are keen to maintain our relationship with him because he’s hungry for an opportunity.

“We think he’s got talent and we are doing everything we can to get him back here as quickly as we can.”

Windsor, who has a UK passport through his Irish parents, left New South Wales Country Eagles to take up the opportunity at Warriors.

He previously played in England back in 2012, spending two seasons attached to National One outfit Blackheath before a short stint at Leinster a year later.

Ryan said: “If you have been somewhere a year then at least you have that to trade on but we think we have seen enough of Sam to see the type of person he is.

“I don’t think he’s got a huge amount to prove to us.”

Warriors are bringing in another fly-half, Edinburgh’s Tom Heathcote, for next season and decisions will need to be made about fine tuning the playing squad.

“With Tom Heathcote it was too big an opportunity to miss,” said Ryan.

“Sometimes you have to make decisions and let things map themselves out off the back of them.

“We will have to make choices over the coming months about how we plan to move forward.”

Ryan added: “Tom moves teams well and he was quite sharp during his time at Bath and he is also a good kicker.

“From what I have seen of him, we can add to his game and he has many things he can give to us.”