Powerful young Western Force prop Salesi Manu has been content to bide his time for the last two years but 2014 looms as a breakout season for the Super Rugby rookie.
The 2012 Force Rising Star award winner has been upgraded from the extended player squad on a one-year deal.
"I always said from the start that those first two years were going to be a learning curve," Manu said.
"It was first things first. They were the learning curve regardless of whether I got games or not.
"Now I'm looking at what is in front of me. I want to attack pre-season and let everything else take care of itself."
Manu will face plenty of opposition in the Force "front-row club" where he joins fellow props Pek Cowan, Kieran Longbottom, Tetera Faulkner and newly-signed Chris Heiberg, from South Africa's Western Province.
But the 122kg front-rower is relishing that challenge as much as he did his Force run-on games when, in the final three matches of 2011, he took on three Test players, Wallaby Ben Alexander, veteran New Zealander Tony Woodcock and another All Black Ben Franks.
He spent the second half of that year with North Harbour in New Zealand's domestic ITM Cup competition and while in last season's Force extended player squad made one Super appearance from the bench.
Manu, a 2010 Australian under-20 World Cup squad member, now has his sights on adding to his Super Rugby caps.
"I've learnt a lot from guys like Pek and it will be very competitive, but I've learnt a lot from Foles (coach Michael Foley) since he came on board and from (former forwards coach) Nick Stiles," he said."They've taught me a lot about set piece as well as my general play. I've seen a massive improvement in my rugby knowledge and physical development. I've loved being a part of the Force for the past two years."