The combined experience of nearly 900 Moseley matches left Billesley Common in the summer as Kevin Maggs oversaw the most profound change in Red and Black personnel in a decade.
Record appearance holder Richard Stott, former captain Andy Reay and one-time jewel in the crown Chevvy Pennycook were among more than a dozen front-liners who moved on.
The pack was particularly well-shuffled with Stott and Pennycook just two of five forwards to have made more than 50 appearances before calling time on their Mose careers. That is to say nothing of last term’s leading scorer Michael Ellery, the flying loose-forward who hurtled his way to nine tries in 38 outings over two contrasting seasons.
However, Maggs is adamant he has upgraded his squad in most positions and while many of the replacements are young and hungry, men like Mike Powell and Simon Hunt have been most places and seen and done most things.
Former London Welsh, Ospreys and Bridgend lock Powell will be a particularly important part of New Moseley, bringing, as he does, many years’ worth of exposure to Heineken Cup, Magners League and Championship rugby.
The 33-year-old is the most well-versed of Maggs’s recruits and his role of shoring up the front five and mentoring the club’s other young second rows, Liam Mather and Addison Lockley, cannot be understated.
“Kevin mentioned the fact he was looking for a bit of experience. Hopefully my experience will rub off a little bit on the younger boys,” Powell said.
The veteran has started all three of Moseley’s pre-season matches and, injury permitting, it will be a rare weekend when he doesn’t do likewise during the Championship campaign, which begins at Bedford on Saturday.
“We start in very positive mood,” he said. “I have been very impressed with Charlie Hayter in the centre, Addison has played very well and I think we have a bit of strength in most areas. We have developed well in pre-season. Kevin has had a look at everyone and it’ll take a bit of time to get used to each others’ intricacies but we have built week by week.”
The reverse at Bedwas was followed up by a win at home to Aberavon and a hugely promising outing, albeit in defeat, at Northampton Saints.
The play-off format has been scaled back massively so that the Championship is now in line with the Premiership, where the top four compete for the title and the bottom club goes down.
Moseley will be looking to nestle safely into mid-table early on, which will allow them to focus on bloodying a few noses at home, where they start on September 8 against much-changed Nottingham.
Matches with Jersey and Plymouth follow as Mose and Powell have a chance to make a fast start and for their young squad to build momentum.
“The Championship is a harsh environment,’’ Powell said. ‘‘If we don’t front up physically then our good back-line isn’t going to get the ball.
“I have been around the Championship and other leagues which are quite physical and from what I can see of the boys physicality shouldn’t be a problem.”
If that’s the case, Maggs’s revolution will have been timely and well-judged.