Liam Mather is coming to Moseley confident he can step up a level and fill the void left in the Red and Black pack.
Mose have already lost two second-rows this summer, with Dan Sanderson and Paul Spivey moving to rival Championship clubs.
That leaves 21-year-old Mather, who last week finalised a move from Coventry, as the only confirmed lock in Kevin Maggs’s squad.
But that doesn’t faze the second-year Birmingham University student, who will combine his Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science degree alongside community work and first-team rugby for the Red and Blacks.
And the Derbyshire-born forward promised to do all he can to make an impact for his new club.
“I am looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge but I want to play at the highest level I can and I have been in that environment before and played some B&I Cup games with Nottingham.
“I think I will be able to develop some more, I have got around 40 National League appearances under my belt, my conditioning has improved and I am a lot bigger and stronger than when I was at Nottingham.
“I have been working on my ball carrying a lot and have become a lot more rounded as a player.
“Kevin Maggs has told me he wants me to graft hard and I want to play regular rugby, I am not going to Moseley just to hold a bag.
“I am hungry, I really want to do well and I am willing to do anything and will work harder than anyone else to make sure I am in the team.
“I think that’s why Kevin brought me in, he said he will give me all the feedback and support I need to develop.
“It’s going to be a lot to take in but I am confident I will pick everything up.”
Mather spent last season in National One with Coventry where he started 19 of their 30 matches and impressed with his all-round game.
Happy jumping anywhere in the lineout and secure under restarts he already knows loosehead Tom Warren, who was dual registered with Northampton Saints last term, from their time together in the Nottingham academy,
And he believes he has been well schooled by Coventry’s forwards coach Dave Addleton, an exacting task master who has played in and coached many combative packs at Coventry.
“Working with Aggie was really good for developing different aspects of my game and it was very good to get some game time,” Mather continued.
“National One is really competitive and physical and I matured a lot last season as a player, I have got more experience and was given a bit more responsibility in the Coventry team.”
But now Mather is focused entirely on Moseley and believes Maggs’s sights are set justifiably high up the Championship table.
After three consecutive seasons of relegation battles, Maggs is aiming to build a side capable of taking a big step forward.
“He said he wants to finish in the top eight and that is definitely doable,” Mather said.
“He wants to get a stronger squad in, people who are desperate to play and not just happy training.
“I will bring that, my lineout has developed, I’m happy at the front, middle or tail and I have worked really hard on my ball carrying.”
That ambition has been reflected in a recruitment policy which has brought players like Charlie Hayter and Simon Hunt, both of whom have been on the peripheries of full time squads and who need more rugby.
Former Stourbridge centre Hayter was released by Worcester after making just one appearance for their first team and arrives at Moseley determined to bring some continuity to his career.
And although Hunt’s opportunities with England Sevens were limited, his commitments were sufficiently time-consuming to restrict the amount of fifteen-man games he could get.
Which is why both have stated their desire to ‘belong’ to a single club and Maggs hopes both will demonstrate that determination on the pitch.
As for Mather, pre-season can’t come quick enough: “I can’t wait to get started,” he said.