Ryan – It’s important to end on a high

Dean Ryan says it is important for his side to end on a high when they face local rivals Gloucester Rugby this Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm).

Warriors were relegated from the Aviva Premiership following defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park last weekend.

And Ryan insists his players will be doing all they can to ensure they end the season with a victory.

He said: “It’s important we end on a high. Not only do people on the inside recognise the progress we’ve made, but people on the outside can see it.

“The small group which have been playing week-in week-out since the end of January have worked really hard and have fought like mad to get things moving – but they haven’t been able to survive in the Premiership.

“Along the way they’ve engaged a lot of people and they’ve illustrated how much they care. And I’d like to ensure we finish on a positive note because that’s a theme we’ve got to take forward.”

Ryan took over as Director of Rugby at Sixways exactly a year ago and believes the club are now able to progress after a year of transition.

He added: “The club, the board and the shareholders were prepared to change and I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t get those reassurances because I didn’t want to go back into management just to be in survival mode.

“The board and shareholders have looked at the future and understand what a top-six side needs in terms of staffing and facilities. And the implementation of those changes is probably the biggest positive of the year.

“We’re a year down now and it feels like we’re in a tough space but so much has been done over that time to put things in place to be able to grow this club.

“Further down the line they’ll look at this particular window of time and say the right things were being done and therefore the benefits are being seen.”

Seated tickets for Saturday's clash start from £24 for adults and £15 for juniors. To book, visit the Warriors Box Office, call 01905 459309 or click here.