The arrival of Bevon Armitage has not only been a timely shot in the arm during matches, the presence of the experienced centre has had a positive effect in training too.
Armitage made his long-awaited Moseley debut at Bristol last Sunday week and provided more than a fleeting glimpse of what Moseley have been missing from their centres.
Physical in defence and direct in attack, the 28-year-old highlighted almost straightaway what had been missing from the Red and Black three-quarters.
But as pleased as he is with Armitage’s game-time contribution, coach Kevin Maggs is also delighted with the depth another body brings to the squad.
“It is the first time I have had two back lines to go at each other,” the former Ireland international said. “That’s good because we have had some guys who thought they were in each week and there is no-one to challenge them.
“Now all of a sudden they are thinking they have got to work on their fitness, speed and skills because if they do not they are not going to be in the side. We need guys that are going to turn up and give 100 per cent and if they don’t, we will leave them out.
“You can’t have a squad where there is no competition for players because it is impossible to get the same players up week in week out.”
Armitage’s arrival coincided with the return to fitness of Nathan Bressington, which also gave Maggs and Moseley another option out wide.
And now Maggs could field one threequarter line of Brad Davies, Ed Styles, Andy Reay, Armitage, Bressington and Anthony Carter and another of Andy Borgen, Mike Gillick, himself, Callum MacBurnie, Jack Pons and Ollie Thomas.
The new signing has also relieved Carter of his shoring-up role at outside centre and allowed to return to his best position at full-back.
As a result the Moseley backline automatically has a more solid appearance and the clamour for Maggs to play himself has died down.
“I am in a difficult situation. At the beginning I could not come in and coach and play as well,” he said. “But I have not ruled it out, it is something for me and Ian to discuss further down the track.
“I played the other week for the Barbarians and it went OK but it wasn’t like a Championship game. It was nice to get a run out but it becomes a difficult balance because there are two or three guys I have to manage and tell them why they are not playing.
“Before when it happened (at Rotherham) there were really only two centres because of injuries. At the moment it’s not absolutely necessary and hopefully with Bevon being registered we are going to have more depth there.”