He said: "What we found as a team was that we were struggling in physicality, collision and ball-carrying and we had to adapt.
"We found that Mikey could develop at six and he has just grown to the role. We had to mould him because we knew what James Percival gives us in the second-row.
"There have been times where he has been a class six which is difficult for a 22-year-old who's been playing in the second-row.
"He is everything the club should keep a frame around - a young man who wants to get better and then does that."
Warriors picked up their first win of the season in their last Aviva Premiership outing at Newcastle Falcons and Ryan admits it was a relief to finally get that maiden league victory.
He continued: "We can't hide that it was a huge relief to get that win as we've been so close recently. That sort of stigma of not winning a game was starting to eat away at us.
"The insecurity of being five points in front with the clock ticking has been riddled with us throughout the season.
"But now the pressure has just been moved a couple of weeks down the line."
Warriors take on Exeter Chiefs at Sixways this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), in what will be the third time the sides have met this season.
And despite defeats in both of those games, Ryan insists his side have improved vastly since their last meeting.
He concluded: "There has been a drastic improvement of what we are as a group now. We're just trying to find out whether that improvement has come in time to get us out of jail.
"We are a different side from when we last played them. We want to see if we can compete with them in terms of their physicality and work-rate.
"There has been an opportunity to freshen us up having a weekend off. We've had a huge confidence boost two weeks ago, we'll be in pretty good shape going into this game and we have every chance of getting something."
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