DEAN Ryan is remaining tight-lipped on the prospect of Bath winger Tom Biggs signing for Worcester.
The former England Saxons flier agreed a cross-code switch to join his hometown club Hull FC in December, but it appears the deal might have hit a hitch and Warriors are ready to pounce.
We understand 29-year-old Biggs has an offer on the table from Worcester and he is poised to join the Sixways club if the move into rugby league cannot be resurrected.
Throughout the season, director of rugby Ryan has responded tersely when questioned about players potentially joining or leaving the club and Biggs was no exception.
“Player announcements come through the club officially and I don’t comment on what The Rugby Paper put out,” Ryan said.
“Speculation doesn’t serve anybody. We have a recruitment strategy and we announce those at the right time – that will be the same with anybody going forward.”
Ryan hopes winger David Lemi will have recovered from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of Sunday’s 17-12 win at Newcastle in time to face Exeter.
Prop Euan Murray is likely to replace Rob O’Donnell in the number three jersey for the vital clash with the Chiefs a week on Saturday.
The Scotland international doesn’t play on Sundays due to his religious beliefs so sat out the Kingston Park trip, but impressed against Wasps the week before.
Ryan continued: “We hope David will be fit to play Exeter.
“If we had been playing this weekend, we would have been chasing ourselves again, but next week could be possible and that would give us a bit of edge in the back-line.
“Euan played pretty well against Wasps so is back in the mix and we’ll make our selection next week.
“There won’t be any curveballs in our selection.
“Euan put in a good shift against Wasps and will be uppermost in our minds with the team for Exeter.”
Meanwhile, Warriors academy prospect Huw Taylor has been included in the England under 18s squad to compete in the FIRA/AER European Championship in Poznan, Poland, later this month.