Will Bowley is due to commit his immediate future to Worcester by signing a new two-year contract.
The Premiership outfit are set to confirm the retention of second row Bowley within the next week as Mike Ruddock looks to tie up some of his young stars.
Ruddock is currently working on his player retentions and having already secured the services of Kai Horstmann, the Welshman has also tied Bowley down for a another two seasons following the 24-year-old’s injury disrupted campaign.
The academy product is ready to sign a deal that will keep him at Sixways until the summer of 2011, by which time at the current rate of progress he could be an established first team regular.
With veteran Craig Gillies out of sorts Bowley featured in the first three matches of the season, including starts against London Wasps and Leicester Tigers, before picking up a thumb injury.
He has, however, been back on the scene in recent weeks and has come off the bench in five of the last six matches and has done enough to convince Ruddock his future lies in the Blue and Gold.
The Kettering-born lock has represented England at Under-18, U19 and U21 level.
He was handed four starts in the Guinness Premiership during the 2007/08 season and came off the bench 14 times – the most by any player in the top-flight.
There is considerable speculation suggesting James Haskell’s future also lies at Sixways though there has been no contact between Ruddock and the flanker’s representative at this stage.
Worcester were another side who suffered a cancellation at the weekend – their second in consecutive weeks. Their match at home to Bucuresti Oaks this Saturday will be their first since the draw at Newcastle on December 27.
With that in mind Ruddock will field a strong starting line up and Bowley could be in line for a start.