“VERY impressive” director of rugby Alan Solomons will be at Worcester Warriors for “at least three years” according to the club’s co-owner Colin Goldring.

Solomons arrived at Sixways in October 2017 as a consultant before taking over the reins from Gary Gold two months later.

The 69-year-old helped steer Warriors clear of relegation trouble that campaign before retaining their Gallagher Premiership status again the following season.

Although Worcester failed to improve on a 10th-placed finish, they claimed a club-record equalling nine top-flight wins and reached the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup and Premiership Cup.

In June, Solomons was rewarded with a contract extension that expires in the summer of 2022 and Goldring sees the South African being at the heart of the club’s long-term plans.

Last month Warriors released a statement saying they “do not envisage” head coach Rory Duncan, whose current deal is believed to run out at the end of next season, being part of their future.

However, speaking to The Rugby Paper, Goldring heaped praise on Solomons who would become Warriors’ long-serving boss since the late John Brain should he see out his new contract.

“Coaching-wise, there has been a historic issue with a lot of comings and goings,” said Goldring who jointly runs the club with Jason Whittingham.

“But Solly’s going to be with us for at least three years and he had made a good head-start before Jason and I got here (in October 2018).

“He has a wealth of experience across the Premiership, Super Rugby and the Pro14.

“He has been involved with World Rugby as well so here is a guy who knows rugby right across the globe and he is a very impressive guy.

“I believe he has the ability to strengthen our squad and grow it into what will be a top-tier club.

“Solly’s shown us his plans and Jason and I add value where we can.

“We work closely with him, the agents, players and their families to work out how much we need to spend to get there and we will spend to the salary cap because if don’t it’s not worth competing.”

Fifteen senior players left Warriors this summer including Josh Adams, Bryce Heem, Ben Te’o and Jack Singleton.

But Solomons added eight new faces, gave a large number of last season’s squad new contracts and promoted several of the club’s talented academy aces to the first team.

Warriors have been perennial strugglers in the Premiership with their highest finish of eighth coming in 2006.

But Goldring said he was “confident” of breaking their cycle of underachievement in the top-flight next term as Worcester continue their preparations.

“We improved significantly last season and although we didn’t finish where we wanted to be, there were some incredible performances,” Goldring said.

“The boys showed their potential and we finished with nine wins, just one behind Harlequins and two off Northampton.”