Glasgow back-rower Robert Harley is hunting a starting spot in the Warriors line-up this PRO12 season, with John Barclay having left for the Scarlets.
The five-cap international flank, born in England, is set to compete with Richie Vernon and new signing Tyrone Holmes but is hungry to step up.
"The competition for places will be unbelievable next season and it is up to me to make sure I am doing everything I can to put my hand up for a starting jersey," he told the Evening Times.
"It is probably an advantage that I can play in more than one position. It doesn't really bother me whether I play at openside or at blindside, all that matters is that I am playing.
"Blindside may be my more natural position but over the Christmas period last season I was asked to play openside because of injuries and I felt I performed well enough.
"Now we have Tyrone Holmes and Richie Vernon has come back, Chris Fusaro is at full fitness and Josh Strauss can play anywhere across the back row.
"So it is going to be really tough to make a starting shirt your own and that is great news for Glasgow. Since I broke through at Glasgow this is as tough, in terms of competition for places, as it has been and that is only going to force us all to dig even deeper.
"We have a week off right now and then we return for the next stage in our preparations and so far I would have to say it has been a very good summer and one that will, I hope, lay the foundations for a big season next time around."