Bulls scrum-half Rudy Paige believes he has created the ideal platform on which to build, as he prepares for a highly anticipated 2016 campaign.
Paige's exploits in domestic rugby were recognised last season when he was selected for the Springboks World Cup squad.
"I was very happy with my game last season, but I need to continue working hard. I want to come back even better," Paige told MyPlayers.co.za.
"There's always room to improve," added Paige.
The emphasis this season will be on securing the number nine jersey in the Bulls squad during the Super Rugby campaign – an objective Paige feels is feasible, but even he acknowledges that he will need to put in the extra yards to make it a reality.
"I want to play my way back into the Bulls number nine jersey and make sure I perform consistently well during Super Rugby. If I can achieve that, many more rewards will follow," said a confident Paige.
The Bulls are currently experiencing a period of transition and Paige is among those who will be in the position to perform a leadership role within the squad. It is a role that he is prepared to embrace.
"It's exciting times at the Bulls as we have a new coach and many new faces in the squad. We are lucky at the Bulls to have so much great talent coming through the structures, but we need to help the young guys settle," added Paige.
"Super Rugby is a big step-up from the Currie Cup, so they will need time to experience the pace of the game at a higher level. If we can give them guidance and advice, it will help them keep up with the pace much easier," explained Paige.
Preparations for Super Rugby shift into second gear this week and Paige is as ready as he has ever been.
"I'm back in Pretoria and ready to prepare for the 2016 season. The Bulls start their pre-season plans this week and I'm excited to get back onto the field."