Back row forward Macauley Cook admits every player at Cardiff Blues will be out to impress with new boss Mark Hammett watching from the stands on Friday night.
Cardiff Blues face English top-flight side Exeter Chiefs on home soil this Friday evening (kick-off 7.30pm) as planning and preparations for the new Guinness Pro12 season continue to gather pace.
New Director of Rugby Hammett will be among the spectators after jetting half way across the world to take up the hotseat.
And Cook knows - with boss Hammer admitting he will arrive with no tainted views on any player - the slate is clean and everyone must shine to nail down a starting spot.
"We all want to impress on Friday and we have got to look forward to working with him (Hammett)," he said.
"We know he will be here on Friday and we've heard a lot of good things about him; he has done a top job in New Zealand. We also have two really good coaches here (Dale McIntosh & Paul John) who have done a great job all pre-season.
"We have a lot of new boys this season and they have fitted in really well. That is credit to the structure and environment we have here.
"We have a big squad and hopefully, if all goes well, we can pull off some good results and go well. "I see myself as a six now and that is the way forward," added Cook.
"I enjoyed last season and loved my rugby. Josh (Turnbull) coming in is a bonus for the squad and the team. He is a great player and I watched him over the summer and he did well in South Africa.
"I'm going to thrive on the challenge of getting the six jersey and I know he will do the same. We will push each other and that is a positive."
Meanwhile, Cook has described team-mate and close friend Owen Williams as an inspiration to the whole squad.
Williams is currently at the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Rookwood Hospital as he continues his long-term rehabilitation and recovery after suffering a spinal cord injury in Singapore in June.
Cook and his team-mates have been regularly visiting Owen Williams in hospital and he revealed how the Wales centre remains positive and overwhelmed by the messages of support from around the world.
He said: "I go and see him nearly every day in hospital and he is such a strong boy. He is still laughing and joking and he is doing superb. He always picks my spirits up.
"I just hope for the best for him now. I'm going to be there and a lot of the boys are going to be there throughout. I'm just proud of the way he's dealt with it.
"He's such a strong bloke. If anyone has got the strength to pull through, it's him and he's doing brilliantly well. We have just got to support him all the way."
Tickets remain on sale for the clash between Exeter Chiefs and Cardiff Blues. Call the Ticket Office on 02920 302030 or click HERE for more information.
#StayStrongForOws today! Buy a wristband and show your support for Owen Williams. Click HERE for more information and to buy online.
Cardiff Blues launch the new Guinness PRO12 season next Sunday when we entertain Zebre Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and to celebrate the big kick-off we are offering a special ticket offer with Kids for a Quid for this fixture!
Rugby World Cup 2015 continues to grip the nation with over half a million local and international fans enjoying the Official Fanzones up and down the country to watch live matches and enjoy the excitement of the Tournament.
Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps will be back next month giving children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
Can't get tickets for the Rugby World Cup? Well now you won't have to miss a second of the action alongside passionate fans as we are running two special events so you can watch the big games with Cardiff Blues and in the company of some Welsh rugby legends!
Prop Sam Hobbs scored a dramatic injury time try - for the second successive season in Galway - as battling Cardiff Blues deservedly took home two bonus points from a pulsating Guinness PRO12 fixture with Connacht at The Sportsground.
New-look Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons served up an entertaining pre-season encounter as the visitors edged to victory as the countdown to the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.