Darren Fearn is putting in the hard graft ahead of joining up with his new club, Aviva Premiership outfit Sale Sharks next month.
Fearn is set to join up with the Sharks in June after signing for the club from Championship outfit Bedford Blues, where he spent two productive seasons.
The former Scarborough RUFC junior is determined to hit the ground running at the AJ Bell Stadium and is training with local strength and conditioning coach Danny Hague in order to give himself the best possible chance of impressing during pre-season.
Fearn said: “I want to be fit and ready to go when I join up with the players in June and I’m training hard with Danny at Compass.
“I have to take this opportunity with both hands, it’s a huge chance for me and I am ready for it.
“I have to be like a sponge and just take everything on board and listen to the experienced people there will be around me.
“They’ve just signed Luke McLean, who has 56 caps for Italy, and have four people in the England training squad, so it will be good to mix it with these players and compete for a place in the side.”
Fearn feels confident he can be a success at the top level after getting more first-team rugby under his belt at Bedford.
Fearn added: “I feel ready to move back up to the Premiership after two good years playing Championship rugby at Bedford and having had three years at Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership too.
“I have to go in and back myself to do well, while not being arrogant and over confident.
“If you don’t back yourself you won’t do well.
“It’s going to be hard graft but I’m ready for it.”