DIRECTOR of rugby Dean Ryan believes Ben Howard and Max Stelling are shining examples of what he is trying to create at Sixways.
The talented duo committed their futures to Worcester Warriors by signing new contracts with the Aviva Premiership club.
They both graduated from the Warriors Academy and became regulars in Ryan’s Championship and B&I Cup-winning squads last season.
Full back Howard, who can also play on the wing, made 23 appearances last term which included seven tries, while centre Stelling enjoyed his finest campaign at Warriors with 17 tries in 24 games.
Ryan said: “We’re delighted Ben and Max have decided to commit their futures to Warriors.
“Both of them have shown tremendous professionalism over the last two years as they’ve made the transition from the Academy to the first team.
“Developing young talent is integral to this club and both Ben and Max are a fine example of what we’re trying to build here at Sixways.
“They are two very talented youngsters who are yet to realise their full potential and that is very exciting for us.”
Howard was handed a first team contract ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and rewarded the faith by putting in a number of superb displays, which saw him named Supporters’ Young Player of the Season.
“Warriors have always been my club and I want to continue to be part of the journey,” he said.
“It’s clear to see from all the developments and the vision that Dean and the coaches have that we’re heading in the right direction and all of that is something any player wants to be a part of.
“Last season was a special one and I want to enjoy more good times with the club in the future.”
Last season’s promotion also coincided with Stelling’s rapid development as the youngster finished as the club’s second highest try-scorer of the season – taking his Warriors tally up to 25 tries in just 41 games.
Stelling said Warriors was the ‘ideal place’ for him and any other young player to develop.
“I feel like my game has developed immensely under the current coaching regime and, with all the foundations in place, Sixways is a very positive place to be,” Stelling said.
“There is a fine balance of youth and experience at the club and, with some great players coming in, there is plenty of resource to learn from.
“Now I’m just really excited about getting out on the field to show what I can do.”