Worcester Warriors fly-half Andy Goode wants Heineken Cup spot

Fly-half Andy Goode says Worcester Warriors are determined to be in next season's Heineken Cup.

The Warriors finished 10th in the Premiership last campaign and are in the European Challenge Cup this term.

"This year's about trying to get into the Heineken Cup - everybody's doubling their effort, putting in more hours," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"When I signed for the club that was [the chairman's] vision. That has not changed."

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I think I've done 16 pre-seasons now and this has been the longest one I have ever done

Andy Goode Worcester Warriors

He added: "Obviously it has taken a year longer than we hoped to get close to that aspiration as we were relegated to the Championship.

"But to be part of the first team that brings Heineken Cup rugby here to Sixways would be fantastic."

Goode believes that the club are not far away from achieving this goal, despite their lowly position in the final league table last season.

"There were a lot of games last year which slipped away from us in the last five minutes and if you have been around the game for as long as I have you can see the big differences in the league table," he said.

"If we can start turning those around we'll be pushing for the top six which is our target."

And after consolidating their place in the Premiership last season, the former England international feels the confidence gained from a tough pre-season will help the club ahead of the new campaign.

"I think I've done 16 pre-seasons now and this has been the longest one I have ever done," the 32-year-old said.

"I am probably in the best shape I have been in for a long time so I am pretty happy with that.

"The guys have been training really hard and we are just itching to play rugby now."