IN-FORM prop Ethan Waller has expressed his desire to become a Worcester Warriors centurion after passing the 50 mark.

Waller has made 51 appearances since joining Warriors from Northampton Saints in 2017 and is hoping to double that tally.

The 26-year-old, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2020, brought up his half-century in Worcester’s 27-20 victory over local rivals Gloucester last month.

“It was unbelievable,” said Waller on leading the team out for the derby at Sixways.

“The noise was incredible and I got goose bumps when I ran out.

“It was a really proud moment for me to reach that milestone so here’s to another 50.”

Waller did not take long to establish himself in Warriors’ front row following his arrival as he made 16 starts in 24 appearances last season.

After an injury-hit start to this term Waller has played second fiddle to the more experienced Callum Black for much of the campaign.

But the talented loosehead has been in impressive form in recent weeks as he starred in the wins over Sale Sharks and Gloucester.

Asked whether he was enjoying life at Warriors, Waller said: “Massively.

“In my first year I played quite a lot but the start of this year was really frustrating as I had a shoulder reconstruction which took a lot longer than anticipated to recover from.

“Finding my form again took a bit longer than I wanted it to.

“I am starting to really get into my stride now so hopefully I can show what I am made of in this last match and can move into next season firing.”

Tenth-placed Worcester, who host Saracens on Saturday (4pm), will finish in the bottom three for the 11th time in 13 seasons in the top flight.

Waller said it had been “quite a turbulent season in terms of our consistency” but reckoned the league table did not reflect the progress his team had made this campaign.

“We have taken down top teams in the Premiership and when we are on it we are one of the toughest sides in this league,” Waller said.

“I think the league has been pretty mental this year in terms of how tight it has been.

“Had it been another year our position in the table may well have shown that.

“As it happens it has been pretty nuts.

“On paper it (our season) might not seem so good but we got to the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup and Premiership Cup.

“This club is building and we are definitely on the right track.

“Next year we can build on this with the signings that we have got coming in and the core of the squad staying together.

“Hopefully we can really push on.”

On beating Gloucester to seal their Premiership status, Waller added: “We spoke during the week about their dangerous pack.

“Everyone stepped up to that mammoth task and we ended up coming away with the win which was a huge testament to the way we trained during the week, the way the coaches analysed them and the way the boys really applied themselves.

“It’s been quite a turbulent season in terms of our consistency.

“In the last few weeks we have really started to pull some performances out and show what we are capable of.

“The lads are absolutely buzzing.”