New Hull FC signing Andy Lynch is relishing his club's tough start to the new season on 5 February.
After moving from Bradford on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee in September, Lynch faces a daunting debut against Warrington.
But 32-year-old Lynch has no reservations about the opening game against last season's league leaders.
"What better way than to start against the league leaders. It's a big start," he told BBC Radio Humberside.
The Black and Whites then follow their opening Super League fixture on that first Sunday in February with a Saturday night away trip to the South of France to play Catalan Dragons.
And Lynch welcomes that long early season trip, pointing out: "It gives us a bit of time when we can all get together for a few days and get a bit of team bonding in and do a performance against the Catalans."
As one of 10 new players at the club, the England prop will have a big role to play, having been brought in to help the young players get up to speed at first team level.
"There's plenty that are big enough, strong enough and fit enough," he said. "And, if I can help get them performing in the Super League week in, week out, it'll benefit Hull FC for years to come."