Former England Sevens back row Russell Earnshaw is set to become Pertemps Bees' new forward coach after agreeing a two-year deal with the National One side.
The 32-year-old had originally intended to join Bees as a player but, following Steve Williams' departure last week, will step up his transition to coaching.
He joins Bees after three seasons at Doncaster and will team up with backs coach Ben Harvey as the Sharmans Cross outfit look to maintain last season's impressive form when they finished eighth and played some scintillating rugby.
Earnshaw will meet the Bees squad when they return to training in just under a fortnight although he has already spoken to Harvey, with whom he played sevens, and former Worcester team-mate Mark Gabey.
Those conversations have convinced him to split his efforts between roles on the pitch and off it: "I can't wait for the season to start, I am ridiculously excited about it. Since I sorted it out I have had a lot of impetus and enthusiasm for next season," Earnshaw said.
"I have spoken to a couple of the boys and seem to have their support which is important. It's a clean slate for the boys and me.
"I have always thought about coaching at this level. I have always done it at other clubs and it is something I have enjoyed. For the second half of last season at Doncaster I and a team-mate virtually ran the forwards.
"That said, I am taking myself out of a comfort zone a little bit. I have been involved in part-time rugby for the past few years so to get back into something like this is exciting."
Earnshaw comes with real pedigree having not only played sevens for his country but spent most of his career with Bath in the Premiership.
He moved to Rotherham for their first tilt at the top flight in 2000 and spent two months on loan at Worcester where he scored a hat-trick against Bedford in January 2004.
Since then he has been a crucial part of the Knights pack that won National Two at a canter in 2005 and has since gone on to cement a place at the top of the First Division.
Under Williams, with Harvey as his backs coach, Bees turned a bottom-placed finish in the 2005-6 campaign into a top-half spot at the end of the last but they have since lost many of the players who made big contributions to that process.