Openside flanker Willie Faloon has admitted he cannot wait to hit the ground running at Ulster after a three-year stint at rival PRO12 province Connacht.
The 28-year-old, who played 63 times for Ulster before making the move south in 2012, comes back to his home province and revealed he's delighted to do so.
"It is great to be back at Ulster," the hard-working Faloon told Ulster's official website before praising the new off-field facilities. "I was away for three years and it was great for me but I am very excited to be back. I am closer to family, closer to friends and back in the fold with guys I have played with before.
"The set-up here is completely different from when I left, it was a total shock when I first walked into the gym compared with what we had here before, and all around the facilities are top class. That coupled with the fact that Les Kiss is making Ulster his home next season is certainly a driver which influenced me to come back.
"I have worked with Les before and I like the way he operates, his sessions are quick and sharp and very technical, it will be great to get stuck in and work with him again."
Faloon continued by saying that his experience at Connacht has been hugely beneficial and hopes that it will benefit him in his second spell at Ulster.
"There is no doubt I have developed as a person and a player having been away for three years," he said.
"If I knew back then what I know now I would be a much better player. I train a lot harder now and I take care of the smaller details which I didn't do three years ago. I have learnt that I need to look after my all-round game and take care of everything in order to perform well.
"Today we started the first block of pre-season training which focuses on strength, speed and power, so we are doing a lot of weights, prowlers, some off-feet conditioning, grappling and wrestling – that is what we have on the cards for the next few weeks but I'm looking forward to it."