Scotland captain Greg Laidlaw is relishing his return to Gloucester following the Scots heartbreaking loss to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
Laidlaw will make his first appearance since that controversial defeat when Laurie Fisher's side travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on Wasps on Sunday.
Having taken an extended break following the World Cup, the 30-year-old can't wait to get back to playing with his club and revealed he almost made his return in the 24-22 win over the Wocester Warriors last weekend before deciding on an extra week's rest.
"It was a long pre-season and certainly, from the Scottish perspective, it has done us the world of good," the 30-year-old said. "We needed that extended period of time, but that's been and gone now.
"The next game is in the Gloucester jersey and I am just really looking forward to starting the Premiership season," Laidlaw told the Western Daily Press.
"I am up to speed now and looking forward to getting off to a good start and hopefully with a good performance on Sunday afternoon.
"I was pretty close to being involved (last week). I had a couple of knocks from the World Cup and we felt that another week off would be the right thing to do.
"We all know how tough the Premiership is as a competition and I am sure we will face a good Wasps team on Sunday."