When his side's Guinness PRO14 campaign resumes on Friday night in Glasgow, Ulster head coach Dan McFarland could well be afforded a closer look at his newest signing.
After penning a one-year deal last month, Fijian forward Leone Nakarawa will head to Belfast this summer to replace the departing Springbok Marcell Coetzee in Ulster's pack.
Until then, though, he remains a Warrior and could yet be a thorn in the side of his soon-to-be new employers this weekend as they try to chase down Leinster at the top of Conference A.
And while McFarland joked that he'd rather not be getting this in-person evidence of what is coming his way next season, in truth Nakarawa is already a player he knows well from his previous stint as Glasgow's forwards coach.
"The common perception is that he's all about his offload game," said McFarland of the Fijian's eye-catching skill-set, sure to prove popular at Kingspan Stadium whenever crowds return.
"But I know that he's a really good set-piece operator too. He's a really good line-out forward and he understands the maul.
"He scrums really well when he's asked to play in the second-row and he works hard.
"He's not the physical hitter, the slam-into-you-collision type player that Marcell is, but in terms of opening up a game, breaking the game open, there aren't many in the same position that can do it to the same extent that he can, and I've seen that first-hand."
The 32-year-old former European Player of the Year comes with undoubted pedigree, although, as McFarland alludes to, the signing can hardly be considered a like-for-like replacement for the province's current imported star so integral to their play over the past three seasons.
While Nakarawa has primarily played at lock, Ulster plan to deploy him at blindside and in Coetzee's vacated No.8 jersey too. And while the pair's skill-sets are not interchangeable, McFarland believes that they share one key trait - difference-making.
"There was complexity around finding someone to come into that back five of the scrum in the knowledge that Marcell was going to be leaving," McFarland admitted.
"We didn't want to go out and try to replace Marcell like-for-like, it wasn't going to happen.
"Marcell is a very particular type of player for us. It'd be difficult anywhere in world rugby to find a player of the same nature or calibre as him.
"In searching for a non-Irish qualified player, we wanted someone who could play back-five in the scrum, who could play in the back-row and who was going to be a difference-maker, someone who could offer something different, something that we didn't already have in our ranks.
"Marcell offers a particular type of play which is a bruising physicality, a big-bodied, metre-eating type player, and obviously he's there in the jackal-side of things as well.
"There are players like that out there but the ones that were available at the time who were of that ilk weren't at the level of Marcell, in our opinion.
"We were really looking for someone who could make a big difference and Leone does offer something different, obviously.
"That was what was attractive to us."
Without Nakarawa's services for the time being, Ulster will also be denied eight injured players for Friday's game, including Jacob Stockdale.
The star winger had hoped to make a return and press his claim for a Six Nations spot down the track but is still dealing with the knee injury sustained against Munster on January 2.
"He's been making really good progress but the bottom line is you don't bring back players before they're ready," added the coach. "He's not too far away."
While also not fit to take part this week, Ulster still hope to have long-term absentees Robert Baloucoune and Will Addison back before the end of the current campaign.