Guernsey Rugby Club have named Blair Campbell as captain for a sixth season.
The New Zealander has led the team to two promotions and helped them consolidate their National Three London South East status last season.
"The professionalism in the squad has changed, it's like chalk and cheese between day one and now," he said.
"Anyone who's been involved with the squad for that length of time can see that there's been an incredible transformation of the squad."
"At one stage we had 18 guys unavailable through injury. I don't care what squad you are or how much depth you have, it's nearly impossible to compete at this level with that many guys out," the centre told BBC Radio Guernsey.
"Hopefully we don't get the same strife early on this season, and if we can keep a relatively full squad we'll see the results coming on the pitch."
He added: "This year the guys have really put in the hard yards in the off-season, the physical aspects of the game now are so much more important to be ready to play.
"The guys are preparing in the right way and hopefully that should translate to less injuries on the pitch."