Harry Wells is pleased to be back in the thick of the action after the Leicester Tigers lock ran on for his first appearance of the new campaign in the Premiership Rugby Cup win over Newcastle Falcons.
Speaking after the 60-7 victory over the Gallagher Premiership club at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, Wells said: "It's good, especially on days like this, to be back out with the lads."
"I find it tough not being able to be a part of the game day but any opportunity to get out and represent this club is special to me and so I am happy I am able to do that again today."
Discussing the new feel within the ranks under Dan McKellar, who joined over the summer, Wells added: "I have really enjoyed it [with Dan], with a new voice."
"It seems like the fans are enjoying what we are doing and hopefully we keep giving them something to cheer about as the weeks go on."
Wells said the focus for he and his fellow Tigers is transferring the summer's work at training to game days, which has been good in the opening month with four wins from four outings and an average of 48 points in each victory.
But, while the attack has been a talking point for many, Wells pointed towards the work from he and his fellow forwards which has helped set the platform.
"We have spoken about transferring what we are working on at training to the game and are doing that well so far," he said.
"I think you saw today, especially in the first half, the physicality we want to bring and dominance in the set piece.
"There is still plenty to do and work on though, which we need to keep doing together and keep improving."
Leicester travel to Bedford in the final round of the Cup pool stages ahead of an away trip to Bristol on the opening weekend of the league season, which Wells said will come into focus after the clash with the Championship club.
"The Premiership is such a competitive competition and you always look forward to getting into it," said Wells.
"But, the season has started and we are four weeks in now. That's how we feel, that's how we want to feel and are just focused on continuing to get better as a group and improve on everything that has been brought in over the summer by Dan and the new coaching team.
"The next challenge is Bedford and that's what we will work on from Monday, then we will look forward to the Prem and Bristol after that."