COMPETITION for Worcester Warriors’ number 10 shirt may have gone up a notch since the signing of Jono Lance.

But young fly-half Jamie Shillcock says any rivalry between the two has been quickly put to one side, admitting Lance has already taken him under his wing.

The 27-year-old Australian has joined the Aviva Premiership outfit on a short-term deal until the end of this year.

Shillcock was given the nod ahead of the more experienced Lance for Warriors’ 29-13 loss at Bath last Saturday.

But the 20-year-old said the ex-Western Force ace did not hold back in passing on tips from the touchline and considered him as an extra “coach” at the club.

“Jono has been thrown in and done pretty well,” Shillcock said.

“He’s worked hard and knows what he’s doing.

“He has got bags of experience in many positions, so he is a real asset for us.

“I think we should get him game time and he will go well.

“At Bath he was feeding messages to me from the touchline, just shouting stuff like where the space is, like a coach would.

“It is nice to have that second pair of eyes that will help you through games.”

Shillcock had a mixed afternoon at The Rec as he missed a tackle in the build up to Bath’s third try and struggled with his kicking at times.

But he atoned his errors by setting up Dean Hammond’s try, crossing the whitewash himself in the second half and producing a terrific tackle to stop Ben Tapuai from going over.

“It was nice to be able to get back out there at 10,” Shillcock said.

“Obviously there is always stuff you can improve on like my kicking game, but it’s good to string a couple of games together.”

Warriors sit at the foot of the league table after six successive defeats and Shillcock believes the European Challenge Cup has come at the right time.

The Sixways side host Brive on Saturday (3pm) before visiting Connacht the following Saturday.

“The plan is to try to get some momentum into the next Premiership block and get some guys in there who have not played much,” Shillcock added.

“After that hopefully the results will come.”