New Ospreys scrum-half Tito Tebaldi hopes to emulate Kahn Fotuali'i's exploits when he turns out for the Welsh region next season.
Fotuali'i is currently regarded as one of the world's best number nines, after making a huge impact during his stint with the Swansea-based outfit.
The Samoan international's fine form earned him a lucrative move to Northampton but Tebaldi is ready to step into his shoes.
Tebaldi, who has represented Italy in 16 Tests, revealed that he is ready to battle it out with Rhys Webb and Tom Habberfield for the Ospreys' number nine jersey after his move from Zebre.
"Webby will put me under a lot of pressure and Tom is a good young player as well," Tebaldi told Walesonline
"I like to play. I prefer the offensive part of rugby to defence, if I'm honest, but I think I have a good kicking game and good vision.
"I want to improve the speed at which I play the game because I do enjoy playing fast rugby.
"I hope to give the team the same as Kahn did during his time here.
"I've played against him and I think he is one of the best scrum-halves in the world.
"I am not saying I am like that, but I think we are similar in the way we play.
"I hope it won't be so difficult for me to follow him, I want to learn how the team plays and, hopefully, I will be able to play well for them quickly.
"As they say over here, I want to give my best to the team. I like the professional mentality of the Ospreys and our rugby culture in Italy is different to the one that exists in Wales.
"The facilities are in place here. Everything is great for the players, to give them the best possible chance of improving."