DALZIEL RFC vice captain Craig Simmonds has backed new coach Neil Livett to be a success at the club after his first few sessions in charge.
Livett joined last month from Caithness where he was club development officer for a year.
Simmonds believes the players have bought into his coaching ideals already as they look forward to a season in the recently created RBS Championship A league.
"Neil met all the players last Saturday and got to explain what he was looking for this season," the Pather lad said.
"He planned the meeting around the boys and wanted to listen to what they wanted to gain from the season and what their expectations are. "He got everyone really involved.
"And unlike previous pre-seasons that we have had where we have not touched a rugby ball for a couple of weeks, Neil has based everything around skill-sets and ball drills.
"The boys seem to have enjoyed it a lot more. He has got plenty of good ideas and they seem to be buying into them.
"Everyone is pretty excited about the season ahead."
Away from the rugby field the Dalziel lads have been enjoying a variety of different pre-season fitness sessions.
Forward and swimming enthusiast Kris Watters has been taking the squad for swimming sessions whilst club president Rod Harris has set-up body attack classes.
Simmonds’ World Champion kickboxing cousins Sam and Scott Allan have also taken a number of fitness sessions.
The number eight continued: "We have been doing a lot of different things to bring some variety to pre-season rather than running up and down a pitch so to speak.
"It keeps the boys interested and motivated.
"Last season we were not really playing for anything because there was no promotion or relegation due to league restructuring. This year we have something to work towards."
Former Heriots back-rower Simmonds has been taking charge of the forwards so far as the club continue their efforts to appoints a full time forwards coach.
Dalziel’s first pre-season friendly is against Kirkcaldy on Saturday July 28th.