Worcester Warriors' new signing Dewald Potgieter is embracing both the depth and the competition for places at his new club.
Having made the move from Japanese side Yamaha Júbilo to the Premiership, the Springbok flanker supports having to play for his spot.
"It’s a positive thing for the club as it’s great having so much competition. Playing in Japan, teams are only allowed two marquee players and when you’re almost sure to be picked the game plan is developed around you," Potgieter said to the official Worcester Warriors website.
"So to come into a squad with a lot of depth and competition is really good for my personal game. I’ve trained and played with these guys for a couple of weeks now and they’re all quality players."
The 29-year old has applauded fellow Springbok and scrum-half, Francois Hougaard, who is currently on loan at the club, as a key link between the backs and forwards.
"I’ve picked up where players are on the field and what’s going on in their heads which is important, especially with someone like Francois Hougaard who is the big link between forwards and backs," said Potgieter.
"Francois has a lot to offer in terms of general play. It’s nice to see how good he has become at the basics of scrum-half play and his kicking has been on point."
Potgieter feels right at home and hopes to be a regular in the starting line-up.
"I feel like I’ve been at the club a lot longer than I have and I’ve been surprised by the pace of rugby here as it’s played so quickly," he continued.
"Hopefully I’ll keep earning my spot in the side but nobody is sure to be picked."