Contrary to popular belief Shane Drahm arrived at Sixways last Friday night and not two months earlier. The real Shane Drahm that is.
After spending his first five games hobbling around like an asthmatic dray horse the mercurial fly-half dazzled against Leicester and inspired his team to the most resonant of victories.
His kicking from both hand and floor was vindictively punitive, while the sight of him dummying his way through the vaunted Tigers defence was one of those moments that produces a nervous giggle of admiration. About time too the locals might say.
While there weren't exactly concerns that Worcester had been landed with a bum steer, it was clear that the Australian was not the same player as the one whose first appearance on the Premiership's newest ground had caused such excitement.
That was back in April, when Drahm was still a Northampton employee, in what might have been, but eventually wasn't, a relegation decider.
The 28-year-old led his future team-mates a merry dance and, but for results elsewhere, could have jinked and kicked them out of the top flight.
That meant, when he finally pulled on the blue of Worcester, expectations were sky- high. Impossibly so because Drahm had undergone knee surgery in the offseason to cure what he thought was a spot of bone damage.
In the end it turned out he had split his patella and, having played on pain-killers for three months, the situation was much worse than anyone suspected.
So under the knife he went to start the season on the bench, but when James Brown ricked his knee against Gloucester, the Queenslander was thrust into the action a long way from full fitness.
"When James Brown got injured, I was still not right but I was the only one we had so I had to play," Drahm recalled. "Initially I was very hesitant to run because I was concerned about getting a knock.
"I knew before each game that I was not going to play to my full potential. I had just had a massive knee operation and had not had any sort of pre-season. It was always going to take a fair while to get into."
The buds of a return to fitness and form may not yet be in full bloom but they began to show signs of blossom last Friday night as Drahm kicked five from seven and all 15 of Worcester's points as Warriors claimed a most notable scalp.
When the stand-off missed his runner in the first few minutes, conceded a penalty on his own 22 and then shanked a goal kick in front of the visitors' posts it looked like another night of frustration for player, coach and supporter.
But things had started to move, a couple of tackles were broken and the odd gap was seized upon. Drahm seemed to be finally present in body as well as spirit.
His line kicking in the second half was superlative as he pinned Leicester deep into their own territory. Although Worcester couldn't find a way over the whitewash, Drahm had given them a stranglehold they would never relinquish. Everyone knew the renaissance had begun.
"The Leicester game was my best for Worcester," he said. "Now I am getting my confidence and my pace back and my kicking is coming back on track too. Last week I felt I was more the player that I was last year."
With a trip to Sale Sharks tonight, Drahm and half-back partner Andy Gomarsall are approaching the type of form required if Worcester are to have a legitimate shot at gate-crashing the upper echelons of the Premiership table.
And there is more to come too. "Hopefully in a month or two I will be back to full pace.
"I am about 80-85 per cent so there is still a good portion to come from me. I have always had good pace and been able to get through gaps. That should happen more as I get stronger.
"My knee is still sore occasionally - I had a knock on it against Leicester and can feel it this week - but I am getting back to where I know I should be."
That is an exciting prospect for Warriors' followers who realise that their new fly-half is key to the transition from a forward-orientated side to a more expansive, ruthless attacking team.
Drahm can be the catalyst to releasing the Worcester three-quarters and if he can do that this season he sees no reason why they shouldn't qualify for the sport's biggest domestic trophy.
"It would be an amazing achievement for a club in its second season to get to the Heineken Cup, especially as 90 per cent of people were tipping us to go down," he said.
"But it's definitely realistic. With Sale, Bristol and Northampton coming up there is no reason why we cannot win all three of those games.
"That would put us in the top two, but we'd just be a bit ahead of schedule. Anyway we still haven't played any where near our potential but have still lost only one game so far. When it all clicks somebody is going to get a spanking." And, no doubt, with his pace restored and machine gun kicking, Drahm is the man who'll be wielding the deadliest weapons.
Drahm continues in an unchanged Worcester side for tonight's trip to the Premiership leaders.
Pat Sanderson and Chris Horsman are still away on international duty so Tongans Johnny Tuamoheloa and Tevita Taumoepeau continue in the Warriors pack. Tony Windo continues as captain.
Sale are without four players away on England duty, Mark Cueto, Charlie Hodgson, Andrew Sheridan and Chris Jones although Sebastian Chabal returns at No 8.