Shane Drahm, Worcester's prospective fly-half, last night admitted he would have no hesitation in kicking the penalty goal that would relegate his future employers.

Should the occasion arise in Worcester's final game of the season against Northampton, where Drahm currently plays, it would be a devastating twist of irony.

The Australian, who announced last week that he will switch allegiance from Franklin's Gardens to Sixways in the summer, said: "I will just have to do it. That is professional sport unfortunately."

It could happen. Picture the scene. With just seconds remaining in Worcester's first Premiership campaign Drahm steps up to take the penalty to keep Saints in the Premiership and send the Warriors back to Division One.

Barring a convenient injury, the 27-year-old will be in the Northampton side that comes to Sixways on the last day of the season, and with both clubs scrapping at the bottom of the league, he could find himself in a position where he has to send down the team who have just hired him.

Talk about a tight spot... tighter than the bottom of a ten-man ruck.

Speaking exclusively to the Birmingham Post and for the first time since his switch was announced Drahm admits it's a scenario he's thought about.

"I have had a little joke with everybody about it. People have asked me what will I do if I have a kick to relegate Worcester," he added. "I will have to do it and then deal with the consequences afterwards."

Drahm must hope neither his current not future paymasters are in such a perilous position. It thrusts the player into an invidious position.

Recent results have ensured that the relegation battle, in which Worcester and Northampton are both ensconced, will go to the last day of the season with Leeds Tykes, the current occupiers of last place, making a late bid for safety.

It would be a massive irony if the former Queensland Red were to stick his boot into Worcester's Premiership dream but should not mask the difficulty he will face in playing out the rest of the season with without having one eye on how Warriors fare.

"It has not really changed anything. Even though I am leaving I have still got a job to do here. It does not do anyone any favours if I start to play badly," said Drahm.

"I have not really thought about it since it was announced. I asked not to do any press before Northampton's Toulouse game so now the dust has settled a bit."

And the question remains what would happen if his new club was relegated? As an established Premiership flyhalf would he be willing to drop into National One?

He says he'd have to examine his options. "I have not really thought about what I would do if they went down. I do not think they will, they have definitely got the strength to stay up," he continued.

"You would put your money on Leeds to go down at the moment. I would look at my options and see if I would help them go back up."

There has been speculation in the national press that money is Drahm's chief motive for moving across the Midlands but he claims their previous attempts at signing him put them in pole position.

"Worcester have tried to get me ever since I came over here so there is a little bit of history there. And I have thought it would be good to be part of something if we started achieving things that they never have before."

Such as qualifying for the Heineken Cup perhaps? When Worcester came into the Premiership they aimed for respect in the short-term, but, further down the line, made no secret of their continental ambitions and Drahm is a believer.

"It is definitely possible. It is always hard for anybody in their first year. They get less time to negotiate with players and they do not get the full budget so it is always going to be difficult.

"If they can survive that year then you only have to look back at what Leeds achieved in their second year when they finished fifth."

Then there was the addition of England scrum-half Andy Gomarsall to the Warriors ranks.

"Andy going there was definitely a factor. Matt Powell has also done very well so there will be good back up," said Drahm.

"You do not want to go to a team that are not getting any more players and is going to be down the bottom.

"Worcester have an awesome pack; there aren't many - perhaps any - packs in the Premiership that would over-power them. It is good as a nine or ten to play behind a pack that is going forward."

Elsewhere Saracens have confirmed the signing of scrum-half Alan Dickens from Leeds.

The 29-year-old has agreed a one-year contract starting next season, and will leave a Tykes outfit boosted by All Blacks scrum-half Justin Marshall's arrival at Headingley this summer.