John Brain has urged Worcester fans to temper their expectations of new signing Gavin Quinnell, despite the Welshman's peerless pedigree.
The Sixways director of rugby yesterday announced the signing of the 6ft 7ins 21-stone forward on a two-year deal but emphasised that the latest model off the Principality's most prestigious production line is still a work in progress.
The 22-year-old, who joins from Llanelli Scarlets having played just 23 games in two years at Stradey Park, can operate as either a back-row or lock and is seen by Brain as an impact ball carrier, but one that needs to work on his game.
Brain is concerned that because people associate him with Welsh rugby's first family - father Derek is a legendary figure in British Lions folklore while Gavin's brother Scott and Craig also represented Wales - that the pressure on a relatively inexperienced player could be overbearing.
And for that reason he told the Sixways faithful to give the youngster time to adjust to life in the Guinness Premiership.
"Supporters here should not expect too much of him too soon," said Brain. "He comes from a famous background and he has a lot of potential but it is up to us and him to make sure we realise that.
"It is not as if we are signing a world-class player. People must not look at the family name and expect him to play like Scott Quinnell at the peak of his powers."
Gavin Quinnell becomes the second of his siblings to play for Worcester after Craig had a short stint when the club were trying to fight their way out of National One.
Brain is building for the future and likes the versatility the younger brother offers.
"Looking at our back row we have out-and-out back-rowers like Kai Horstmann, Tom Harding, Pat Sanderson and a lad from our academy, James Collins, but we were after a big physical player who can play there or lock for us - he fits that bill," he said.
Brain also revealed that Quinnell's arrival had nothing to do with the club ending their interest in Agen's Romanian second row Sorin Socol.
"Bringing him here was not financially viable since he was more a lock that a back row," he said.
Quinnell's arrival will soften the blow of Ed O'Donoghue's departure to Super 14 outfit Queensland Reds.
O'Donoghue had spent just one year with Worcester and was mostly used as a back up. The two-year deal sees him return to Queensland after attending the academy of sport there as a teenager.
Brain has also been strengthening off the pitch too with the addition of two new backroom staff.
Keir Hansen has become the club's strength and conditioning coordinator, thereby ending a five-year stint with the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team.
And Robert Stewart has become director of sports medicine, having formerly been the physiotherapist for the Scottish national team as well as Glasgow Warriors. He was also the official team physiotherapist for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and for Scotland at the last World Cup.
Tim Collier is expected to be fit to start the new season in early September.
The burly second row missed virtually all of last season after suffering from an infection following surgery on his troublesome shoulder.
Other casualties from last season - Chris Horsman, Aisea Havili, Mark Tucker and Tom Harding - should also be available for the new campaign.