Newcastle centre Adam Powell is relishing Saturday's trip to Welford Road to take on Richard Cockerill's Leicester Tigers in the Premiership.
The 26-year-old was victorious on four occasions at Leicester with former club Saracens before making the switch to the Falcons for this term.
And the consistent Powell insists last season's marathon promotion push was all about playing in top flight fixtures like this coming weekend.
"No disrespect to the likes of Jersey, Moseley and Doncaster, but after playing at clubs like that last year it's nice to be back playing the best teams at the best grounds," he said.
"Playing against the likes of Leicester Tigers is why we were striving for promotion last year, and I'm sure the boys can't wait to get out there on Saturday and put in a good showing.
"As expected it will be a tough game and in the Premiership it's about winning that physical battle, and if you win that you can grow as a team. If you lose it, then the terms of the game are dictated to you by the opposition," he added.
Powell comes into this weekend's contest on the back of playing in last week's narrow 15-14 triumph over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.
A performance built on a steely defence and solid scrummaging earned the spoils for the northeasterners in turgid conditions.
"It was a good win, especially after the Bath game which wasn't the start that we had in mind particularly at home," added Powell.
"The boys knew that the Sale game was winnable providing that we stuck to the things that we knew that we could do, and I think what you saw was everyone digging in and performing as a team.
"We were very composed last week and the forwards did superbly in the scrums."