New signing Jack Cosgrove has spoken about his excitement about joining a united and closely knit squad at Dragons.
Front rower Cosgrove will link-up with his new team-mates this summer after agreeing a two-year deal to move to Rodney Parade.
The 24-year-old loosehead prop will be reunited with Ceri Jones at Dragons – after the pair previously worked together at Worcester Warriors.
However, Cosgrove is under no illusions over the need to impress from day one as he bids to leave a big impression in the Guinness PRO14.
“I enjoyed working with Ceri and pride myself on my set piece and a strong scrum,” he said.
“I watched Dragons last season and know the set piece will be a big part of the future. There are some very good players here.
“I’ve spoken to some of the players I know and they have told me how close the squad is, about the togetherness, and that excites me.
“You want to be part of a group that is pulling in the same direction and together as one.”
Cosgrove will join the front row ranks alongside a number of props with international experience.
And he is ready to learn all he can while pushing for a starting spot at the same time.
“You’re always looking to learn off other players and Dragons have real talent in the front row, props like Ryan Bevington, Leon Brown and Aaron Jarvis who have played for Wales.
“There is a wealth of experience there, but I have aspirations to be in the team and want to be packing down on the field every week.
“It’s been a frustrating two years for me with injuries to my ankle and foot,” he added. “I just want to get back playing regularly now and show what I’m capable of.
“Injuries are part of sport and you have to deal with it. If anything it has made me appreciate and enjoy my rugby even more.
“My body feels really good right now and it is about translating that into training and performing on the field for Dragons.”
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I’ve spoken to some of the players I know and they have told me how close the squad is, about the togetherness, and that excites me...