LOCK Will Spencer insists the best is yet to come in his performances for Warriors before the Aviva Premiership season ends.
The giant 6ft 7in second row, who battered his way across the whitewash against his former club Bath in Warriors’ 25-19 win on Saturday, has been a key player for Worcester since becoming a regular in the club’s starting XV in December.
But the 24-year-old admitted, despite enjoying his rugby, he still has a lot of personal challenges to prove to himself what he can do.
“The start of the season was frustrating for me as I missed the first few months, but since I’ve come into the team I’ve enjoyed my rugby and I feel like we’re continuing to get better,” said Spencer.
“On a personal level, I’m really happy with how I’ve played, but there’s a lot more to come from me in the coming weeks and next season. I want to challenge myself to prove what I can do.
“There’s a lot to my game I want to improve such as my lineout and calling ability. Defensively I think I’ve still got a lot more to bring too. I just need to keep working hard and developing my game. It’s such a tough and physical sport, but I want to play rugby for as long as I can and I want to play my best rugby for Worcester.”
Spencer praised director of rugby Gary Gold for the way he distills confidence in the players individually.
“I’ve known Gary for a while from my time at Bath,” he said,. “He’s really good at getting the best out of players by simplifying the game plan. He gives you confidence in training and you enter games with that confidence.
“Every player is different and some want to be spoken to differently from others. Gary has a habit of distilling belief in players individually. If you’re walking by he’ll grab a word with you. Sometimes it’s not even about rugby, which shows he cares for his players as individuals.
“When you have a guy like that as your head coach, it’s massive. It makes you want to go out every weekend and back him up.”