Number eight Mitch Eadie is excited to swap scrapping at the bottom of the table at Bristol with fighting for silverware at the top at Northampton Saints.
The 25-year-old, who had made 126 Bristol first-team appearances since 2010, was one of the clubs standout players in the Premiership last season.
Although Bristol dropped below England’s top tier, Eadie managed to keep himself afloat with a deserved switch to Saints, and he’s now excited to get to work.
“It’s another level,” said Eadie.
“There’s a lot to be expected from players and that’s the pressure you need to try to get better.
“It’s probably the best thing about the move for me.
“The place as a stadium is brilliant and so are the fans,
“As soon as you come out onto the pitch, the supporters are there, it’s loud.
“You can see the supporters with their tops on and I was saying the other week that I only went to Tesco and I saw a few people with their Saints shirts on.
“It just shows the support the club’s got and hopefully it can be the same next season to be loud and kick us on.”
“Last season at Bristol, we were kind of at the bottom of the table and trying to stay up, but there was an opportunity for me to play in the Premiership next season,” he said.
“For my rugby career, I had to move on.
“It was really hard to say goodbye to Bristol and move on, but I’m looking forward to making new memories up here and get the best out of myself as a player.”