HOOKER Joe Taufete’e has expressed his desire to move his USA-based family to Worcester as he plans to make the city his home.

The powerhouse front rower, whose contract is understood to finish at the end of this season, has made a big impression since joining Worcester Warriors 12 months ago.

But he admits he has been finding life tough without his wife and young son and has vowed to resolve that situation next term.

“What we are looking to do is get the move next season,” said the USA international on his plans to settle down in Worcester.

“As a Samoan or Polynesian, family is big for us so being away from them is tough.

“Everyone has their struggles and problems that they deal with and I have just got to deal with mine in my own way.

“I would love to shown them around Worcester.

“The things that I talk about on the phone and show them on Facetime doesn’t really express how it is when you are here and how you are feeling in the environment that I enjoy.

“I have always gone by the phrase ‘home is where the heart is’, so once my wife is here I will make it fully my home.”

Taufete’e has scored five tries in 21 appearances for Warriors including a memorable hat-trick in their 30-20 win over Brive in the October.

The 25-year-old also started in Worcester’s back-to-back European Challenge Cup clashes against Oyonnax this month.

But Jack Singleton has got the nod ahead of the ex-American football player when director of rugby Gary Gold has come to selecting a side for the Aviva Premiership.

And Taufete’e admits the 21-year-old has set the standards which he needs to meet in a bid to win the battle for the number two shirt.

“For me it is about consistency and that’s what I have got to work towards,” he said.

“Jack is young and up and coming. We have good chemistry and we are helping each other grow.

“He has been pretty consistent all season and that’s something I strive to do as well.”

Taufete’e said he had also been working hard with the club’s part-time throwing coach Andy Long as he looks to improve Warriors’ line-out.

He notably failed to find his target at the set piece in the final minute of Worcester's 18-14 defeat to 14-man Sale Sharks.

“It was difficult,” he said.

“When it comes down to the crunch moments you want to make those big plays so unfortunately that line-out didn’t work out for us.

“The line-out has gone well this season, but when it comes down to game-day we have got to focus on our individual role.

“The hooker is always going to be looked at whether it goes wrong or right, but it’s good when you get in the back of those mauls and score.

“We work with Andy every week.

“He’s our throwing coach and works with each of us to really drill us on the fundamentals of our throw-ins and try to keep that consistency.

“He has been a huge asset to the forwards especially to the hookers.”