As a 21-year-old full-back coming through the ranks at Sixways, Perry Humphreys couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Worcester Warriors stalwart Chris Pennell.
Originally part of the Leicester Tigers academy, Humphreys moved from the East Midlands to the West two seasons ago, and is now doing everything he can to get some game time with the Warriors.
That isn’t easy, with Pennell firmly established as first choice, while Ben Howard continues to rack up the appearances in the back three as well.
But for Humphreys, who came off the bench in last week’s European Challenge Cup game, every opportunity is there to be grabbed with both hands.
“I’m really enjoying my time here at Worcester in my second season at the club,” he explained.
“I was at Leicester before but there weren’t too many opportunities so I moved across to Worcester to get a bit more game time.
“So far I’ve been playing in the European games but it’s good experience for me.
“Having someone like Chris at the club is great and he’s a brilliant role model for me.
“He’s one of those guys who’s always willing to help out the young players and it’s been really good to be able to train with him.”
Worcester will end their European campaign in France on Friday away to La Rochelle, but their focus for the season is all about Aviva Premiership Rugby survival.
However for Humphreys, development is just as important as he looks to give Dean Ryan an extra option in his back three.
“We’ve had a look at La Rochelle already this week to get an idea of what they will be like so we’re ready,” he added.
“We know they have a few big guys in their team so we’ll try to move them about.
“That works quite well with my game as I like to run the ball a lot and counter when I get the chance.
“I have played on the wing so don’t just play at full-back and I just need to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.”