Peter Browne looks to make his mark on his European Champions Cup debut on Sunday when Ulster open their account at Bordeaux's rather cavernous Stade Chaban-Delmas.
"I'm basically really excited and really looking forward to the opportunity to play," the former England Students ace said.
"I think I've made progress but I think it's also down to opportunity as well.
"I've had the opportunity to play more rugby and, in that way, there have been natural progressions.
"There have been areas I've been working on and my work-ons have been to put on a bit of weight and scrummage on the right side (behind the tight-head prop) which takes a bit more out of you around the park, but I'm enjoying the challenge of all of that.
"I feel like I've added my weight (to the squad) in that way and I just want to get out there and ball-carry and do my job in defence."