New boy Jerry Collins is relishing the prospect of playing for Ospreys next season - but insists he must first establish himself in the starting line-up.
Collins, who has made 48 appearances in the back row for the All Blacks, arrived in Wales this week.
And despite his international calibre, the 28-year-old has stated he has to prove his worth to the side if he is to become a regular fixture.
"There's a very strong squad here with options everywhere," he told the Magners League official site. "It's an honour for me to be able to come here and represent the Ospreys, but I realise that I can't take anything for granted.
"The first goal I have to set myself is to put the work in during pre-season to make sure that my body is in the best condition to compete.
"Once I've done that, we have a couple of pre-season matches to show what I can do on the field before the season proper starts.
"It's not about past reputations. Fitness and form is what dictates whether someone is going to play."
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