Richard Hill has championed the future of rising star Matt Kvesic and insisted the talented back rower is just one of several youngsters emerging from the Sixways academy.
The head coach handed Kvesic his full debut against Esher last weekend and while he lambasted those around him for their lacklustre performances, he exempted the young German-born forward from any criticism.
Kvesic scored two of his team’s five tries and led considerably more experienced team-mates from the first minute to last, in what was an otherwise forgettable 36-7 victory for the leaders.
Unfortunately for Hill, the teenager is in Portugal this week on an England Under-20 training camp and will therefore not be available for Saturday’s trip to Doncaster Knights.
And Kvesic’s on-going international commitments, he captained the Under-18s last season, will limit his first-team opportunities once the Six Nations starts in the New Year.
But Hill is not too concerned about the various calls on the 18-year-old’s time and maintained if his display in Saturday’s win was anything to go by, there will be plenty more chances to come.
“It is disappointing for us because on the back of what he did against Esher he has got a good future here,” the head coach said. “He is 18-years-old and he plays way above his years, I am delighted with him.
“I thought he had a very good game against Esher. He will be away a reasonable amount but when he is with us we will try and keep him involved with our squad as much as possible. I think he is an outstanding young talent. He would be ready [for the Premiership].”
Dual registered Kvesic plays his age group rugby at No.8 and has appeared there for Stourbridge, although Hill sees his short-to-medium-term development best served at openside.
But it is not just that versatility that has set the youngest ever Warrior apart. His attitude is also excellent, as is that of some of his other academy colleagues.
“Matt Kvesic, Ollie Frost and Andy Short are the future of Worcester rugby club,” Hill stated. “Why are they the future? Because of their attitude.
“Hard working, dedicated, very whole-hearted and committed. When they go on the pitch they play their hearts out.
“You want keen young players coming through your club and Matt Kvesic, Andy Short and Ollie Frost are very, very good talents. You would play with those next to you every week because you know they will give absolutely 100 per cent full commitment.”
Centre Short is also in Portugal with the Under-20s, while scrum half Frost has been a regular in the match-day squads at either Sixways or Stour.