WORCESTER Warriors are in negotiations with “special” wing Bryce Heem over extending his stay at Sixways.

Head coach Rory Duncan confirmed Heem, whose deal is due to expire this summer, has been holding talks over his future with director of rugby Alan Solomons.

Heem continued his excellent form for Warriors with a second-half brace in last Saturday’s dramatic 21-19 comeback triumph against Bath.

The 29-year-old has now scored 27 tries in 63 games since arriving from Super Rugby outfit Waikato Chiefs in 2015 and is Warriors’ record try-scorer in the Gallagher Premiership with 23 in 58 matches.

But Heem has reportedly attracted interest from overseas, leaving him with a “big” decision to make on where he will be plying his trade next season.

Duncan described Heem as a “big asset” for the club and said he was “hopeful” the New Zealander would pen a new deal.

“Alan and Bryce are having conversations at the moment,” said Duncan on Heem’s future at Warriors.

“I think we are all hopeful that a player like Bryce would stay on. I don’t think there is anyone at Warriors who would say any different.

“Obviously there are big decisions for him and the club to make.

“You would obviously want to look at trying to retain a player of his quality.”

Heem, who represented New Zealand’s sevens between 2011 and 2014, has also made 11 turnovers in the Premiership this season which is one more than Ryan Mills.

Asked whether he had ever come across a player of Heem’s ability, Duncan said: “Not on the wing.

“At 110 kilograms with his pace and skill level it does make him stand out.

“He is a special player.”

Heem has touched down seven times in 14 outings for Worcester this term and clocked up more metres (112) than any other player in the victory over Bath.

“Bryce was brilliant on the weekend,” Duncan said.

“If you look at the statistics I think he had the most carries in the team and when he runs he always gets you on the front foot.

“His big strength is breaking tackles and giving you front-foot ball.

“He is a big asset for the club.”

But Heem, who turns 30 next week, will miss Warriors’ European Challenge Cup clash at Ospreys on Saturday (3pm) after being given permission by Solomons to fly to Auckland to see his family.

“Bryce is not here at the moment as he has gone back to New Zealand,” Duncan said.

“From my understanding he will be away for about 10 days.

“He has put in a big shift.

“He possibly would have been given a break at some stage during this five-week gap in the Premiership.

“But Alan has seen it fit to give him a break this week.”