Gloucester pulled off a coup by signing Matt Kvesic from Worcester Warriors and his new captain Tom Savage believes the flanker's arrival bolsters an already formidable back row.
Kvesic received full international honours during England's tour of Argentina over the summer after making his mark as a powerhouse for the Warriors in the Aviva Premiership.
And with a back row boasting riches such as 2012/13 Premiership Player of the Season nominee Akapusi Qera, England number eight Ben Morgan and Savage himself, the 21-year-old's addition should prove a frightening prospect.
Though the Cherry and Whites' season opener did not go their way - suffering a 22-16 defeat to Sale Sharks at Kingsholm - Savage saw enough from Kvesic to be sure his impact will be felt in Gloucester for years to come.
"Matt Kvesic was a real positive against Sale," said Savage.
"He has fitted in really well from Worcester and has stepped up already, bringing a lot of power and quality beyond his years.
"Looking at him you have to double take when he says how young he is, he's got a lot of Premiership experience already under his belt and he's added to that with England over the summer.
"Moving forward he's definitely the kind of player we can build parts of our team around. It's also really helped out with the competition from the back row, you definitely get the best out of everyone.
"We have so many talented players whether it's veterans like Andy Hazell and Akapusi Qera or two big number eights in Sione Kalamafoni and Ben Morgan.
"It's a strength of ours and with our depth too it can't get too much more competitive than what we have."
The new Aviva Premiership campaign is also something of a fresh challenge for Savage after replacing Jim Hamilton as Gloucester's new captain for 2013/14.
Like Kvesic, Savage is hardly long in the tooth at 24-years-old and, with his first game as full-time skipper done and dusted, the lock believes he will only continue to blossom in his new role.
"It's a massive honour for me," he added.
"I was captaining a few games at the end of last season in place of Jim which I loved and to now get the opportunity to do so in every game is very special.
"Everyone looks to improve as an individual in whatever way and with more time I'm sure I'll be better for it as a captain."