Lamb keen to revive career with Worcester Warriors
Ryan Lamb is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Worcester boss Dean Ryan after signing for the Warriors.
Last Updated: 11/02/14 5:58pm
The fly-half was released from the remaining 16 months of his Tigers contract on Monday to end his unhappy stay at Welford Road.
The 27-year-old made only seven appearances for Leicester this season, and he regrets breaking his hand while fighting in an A League match in September which effectively cost him his Tigers career.
Lamb now insists he is at Worcester "for the long haul", and he is grateful for the chance to relaunch his Aviva Premiership career under Ryan.
"Definitely I don't want to waste this now," said Lamb. "That's why I signed for three years: I wanted to be in this for the long haul and I didn't want it to be a quick fix for either party.
"The vision Dean has, I knew it was impressive, so that's why I asked for a longer deal and he gave it to me. I really want to repay that faith.
"It's a nice situation to be in, to come in knowing your future's secure, but that will only stay that way if I play well.
"I appreciate the backing put in me here, and I really want to repay it."
Lamb was sent off against home-town club Gloucester and banned for a week after a confrontation with Koree Britton in the second-string clash at Welford Road on September 30.
His resulting fractured hand cost him the chance to deputise for Toby Flood during the autumn internationals, and the unsavoury incident landed him in the "dog house" with furious Leicester boss Richard Cockerill.
Welsh youngster Owen Williams flourished in Lamb's six-week absence, relegating the former Gloucester player to third-choice for the No 10 shirt.
"I broke my hand at Leicester and didn't really get a look in after that," said Lamb. "Owen Williams came in and played well and he's a young lad, but obviously Leicester weren't very happy with me.
"They are looking to the future with Owen which I respect after everything, I wish him all the best. Leicester were kind enough to let me go when I asked as well, and I do appreciate that.
"Yes there are regrets, of course, I was disappointed when it came about and I didn't get a chance for quite a while. I hadn't played a lot of rugby and then when I should have had chances I was out again.
"I don't just want to come here and go through the motions. I want to add something to this squad if I can and repay the faith Dean's put into me.
"It's a big challenge, we're in a little bit of a hole but with the quality we've got I'm sure we can drag ourselves out of it. That's what we want to do and hopefully we can come good.
"I haven't played consistently since my first year at Northampton, and that's a year and a half back now.
"The last time I did I got back into the England Saxons side, and found a rich vein of form. If I can get a few games under my belt and get settled, hopefully I can find my form again.
"Dean is one of the best coaches I've played under, he's very articulate and his analysis is second to none."