Scotland star Chris Paterson has heaped praise on three of his young international team-mates at Edinburgh.
The former Scotland skipper has returned to the capital after just one season at English Premiership side Gloucester.
He has been impressed with the squad he has re-joined, especially with three youngsters who made the step up to Frank Hadden’s side this year.
Nick de Luca led the way with a debut against France on the opening weekend of the RBS 6 Nations at centre - although he didn’t make the impression he had hoped to.
Flanker Ross Rennie followed suit as a replacement against Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations game in Dublin before Ben Cairns collected his first cap on the summer tour to Argentina.
Paterson is now relishing playing with Edinburgh’s up-and-coming trio in the Celtic League and European Cup in the new campaign.
He said: “I watched a couple of games at the end of the season and I was so impressed with what I saw. I always rated Ben Cairns, but he has really developed and I thought his performance against the Ospreys in one of those games was really good.
“Nick de Luca and Ross Rennie also emerged as really talented players last season and I'm really excited about working with them again. I am now looking to fight my way back in again and become part of the team.”