Former Wales international Matthew Jones has emerged as a surprise contender for the Worcester No 10 shirt next season and a move that would see him reunited with compatriot Mike Ruddock.

Jones, who has played the season with Moseley and London Welsh, is expected to leave Old Deer Park and with Warriors desperate to replace Shane Drahm, may be handed a route back into top flight rugby.

The 24-year-old made his name for Ospreys but has struggled following a knee injury in August 2006 and although he made a few appearances at the end of 2006-07, he was unable to force his way past Shaun Connor and James Hook.

Last term, he signed a six-month loan with Moseley but the deal was cancelled at halfway, after which he spent a few games with Bridgend. Lon-don Welsh came calling a month later and he ended as both clubs' leading league scorer, with 106 for the Exiles and 75 for Moseley.

Worcester have had real problems trying to recruit a front line outside half and have missed out on London Irish's Eoghan Hickey and Leicester's Andy Goode. Talks with Jason Strange have not produced an offer while Willie Walker is rumoured to be ready to agree a new deal with Gloucester leaving Ruddock with just Loki Crichton and Joey Carlisle.