Lamb – I’m now one of the ‘Squadfathers’

After getting married following the end of last season, Ryan Lamb has returned to Sixways to meet many new and younger faces in the Warriors squad.

The fly-half says it is refreshing to be in an environment with new players and staff, and admits he is now one of the more experienced players in the side at the age of 28 – branding himself as one of the ‘Squadfathers’.

He said: “It was a pretty short break over summer but it was nice to relax. I got married in Cheltenham and then went to Greece for the honeymoon.

“But it’s nice to be back at Sixways. It feels fresh and there are lots of new faces around.

“We’re a very young squad now with the average age around 24, so that makes me one of the ‘Squadfathers’ of the side.

“Some of the lads who have come into the squad have performed really well in the Championship and will look to the older players to see how they cope in a more professional environment.”

With the new signings settling into Sixways life, Lamb insists it’s nice to have a blend of new and old characters.

He added: “I’ve played with Tom Biggs before at England Saxons and I know GJ van Velze from my Northampton days.

“It’s nice to have familiar faces when you come back but the new guys are also getting their heads down, working hard and it’s good to have that fresh aspect around the squad.”

And while the players are undergoing a tough pre-season, Lamb believes it will benefit the team in the long run.

He continued: “The schedule is a lot different to what people are used to.  I’ve been used to it under Nick Johnston at Northampton before.

“It’s tough but there is method to the madness and everyone can see that and is putting the work in.”

The first game of the 2014/15 season is in less than a month’s time with a pre-season clash against Ospreys, and Lamb has set his sights on glory in the new campaign.

He concluded: “First and foremost we have to make those play-offs and then take each game as it comes.

“The structure is in place so hopefully we can get our systems going as quickly as possible. There is a good feeling going into the new season.”