One of Australian rugby's worst kept secrets has been confirmed, with Jono Lance to return to Worcester on a two-year deal at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Worcester made news of the move official late on Wednesday night, with Lance duly retweeting and expressing his excitement to be heading back to the club that hosted him during the 2017/18 Australian summer.
In signing Lance, the Reds were covering their bases at flyhalf with Quade Cooper banished and Hamish Stewart still learning his craft.
Coach Brad Thorn views Stewart as the club's next long term playmaker but as he eases into life as a Super Rugby player, Lance provides a perfect stop gap.
The 27-year-old was an instant hit in Worcester and it's understood he was eager to stay in England, had he not broken his wrist in December.
That triggered a return to Ballymore via Melbourne and Lance will now get his wish, having been unveiled as an official member of Worcester's roster for the 2018/19 season.
The Reds host the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio.