Bath centre Dan Bowden is looking forward to once again working under Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson as the new season fast approaches.
The 30-year-old, who played for the Crusaders in 2010 in a season when they lost to the Bulls in the semi-final, is reunited with the coaches.
Blackadder and Matson arrived at the Recreation Ground side after leaving Christchurch, and Bowden is looking forward to the duo's tenure.
"We've got a pretty good relationship," he told the Bath Chronicle.
"The style of game Todd and Tabai want played probably suits me, with a ball-playing 12 and second receiver.
"Those things have aligned quite well for me, so it's really exciting to have them in charge.
"I also played against the Crusaders last year at ten for Auckland Blues, so I know them well."
Bowden struggled with injury last season but is looking forward to a fresh campaign, with regular starts at 12 seeming likely in 2016/17.
"I'm just really excited to be back playing," he said. "I think the role I'll play suits our style.
"We had a lot of success at Canterbury when I was there so I'm hoping it ends up the same."
Bowden added: "Todd and Tabai have got such a long time to make their own impression. They're not going to pour things in instantly, they'll drip feed it in over time I'd imagine."
"The pre-seasons's been really good. "There's a lot of excitement, a lot of enjoyment.
"We've got a very talented side and players who I think are going to make a big impression this year.
"It's going to be good. Genuinely, there's been a good buzz."