Sale Sharks wing Tom Brady has praised the fitness of scrum-half Peter Stringer, saying the former international is "raring to go" ahead of 2015/16.
Brady, who was speaking at the club's Annual Golf Day at The Tytherington Club, admitted he has been hugely impressed by the Sharks' latest arrival.
"Having seen him out on the training ground, he is as fit as a fiddle and is raring to go," he told the Premiership side's official website in an interview on Sunday.
"With him and Chris Cusiter at nine, we have two players with a lot of experience and energy so hopefully, it will be good in preparation for the new season."
Reaching the required fitness level for the new campaign is something Brady believes will not be an issue after a tough opening to their pre-season training.
"It has been really tough so far, my legs are just about hanging on. Hopefully at the Golf Day today, I can stretch off my legs and a few of the aches and pains I have will go away," explained the finisher, who admits the absence of now retired wing Mark Cueto has taken some getting used to around the club.
"He's been such a key figure in the squad on and off the field," he said.
"Sharks and Cueto go hand in hand really, so him not being around is going to take quite a bit of getting used to. But, there are a few lads coming in to the squad, who will do their best to fill the holes which have been made.
"Hopefully, we can push for the top six in the Aviva Premiership."