Plymouth Albion forward Aaron Carpenter says the club's pre-season regime has been "the most professional" he has ever seen at the club.
The Canada international, who has been at the Brickfields since 2010, says he has been impressed by the new regime of head coach Nat Saumi.
"This is my most professional year so far," he told BBC South West.
"It makes everyone push each other that little bit more and that's the kind of environment we want to play in."
And he says Saumi's methods and leadership can help push Albion away from being perennial relegation contenders in the Championship.
"We've done a really good job and the outlook is very good for the future.
"Last season was difficult but we got through it and did enough to retain our place in the Championship.
"We've done a lot in order to build this season and bring in a lot of youth and those guys are going to be pushing the guys who have the spots right now.
"Our new strength and conditioning coach James Owen has brought us up to another level of professional training where we should have been last year and in years past," he added.
And Carpenter is confident that the club can push towards the top half of the Championship in the forthcoming campaign.
"Our top goal is top four, but we'd need to knock over a few big teams in order to do that.
"Realistically we'd like to be top six in the league, in that area, we'd see that as a huge improvement from last year."