Lwazi Mvovo says the Sharks face a tough opening Super Rugby fixture against the Reds in Brisbane next month.
Like everyone else the Durban based franchsie has been hard at work during pre-season getting ready for Super Rugby.
"That first game of the campaign is always important as we want to get off to a great start and get things moving," Mvovo told the Witness.
"Playing away against the Reds in Australia first up will be a challenge but we will be ready to meet it head on, sticking to our gameplan and the style of rugby we play best."
As a senior player, Mvovo will play a key role in helping the new recruits settle in Durban and adjust to the Sharks rugby culture.
"I am seen as a senior player now and find I am sharing and advising the new boys as they settle into the system," Mvovo said.
"I enjoyed that when I first broke into the set-up and it’s exciting to see their passion and enthusiasm. They never stop learning and I continue to learn from them as well. It’s a healthy system to work in."
One of the new signings this season is former Western Province flanker Jacques Vermeulen, who says he is relishing the challenge of establishing himself in the team.
"It was a difficult decision but I felt the need to move in order to create better opportunities for me to get game time,” the 21-year-old former Baby Bok said.
"It’s been easy to adapt and everyone has been welcoming. I am young and feel I have made the right move, although I will have to work to get a place in the team or even on the bench with the Sharks."