Glenn Bryce admits learning from Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg over the last two years has helped him hit the ground running as he begins his Edinburgh Rugby career.
Full-back Bryce, 25, joined the Capital club over the summer from Glasgow Warriors and impressed head coach Alan Solomons enough in pre-season to beat the likes of Blair Kinghorn to the starting No. 15 jersey last weekend.
That was in the opening Guinness PRO12 defeat by Cardiff Blues on Saturday and Bryce believes working with Hogg day in and day out during his two seasons at Scotstoun helped him take his game to the next level.
“I really enjoyed my time through at Glasgow and although I would have liked more starts and more game time you cannot really argue when someone as good as Stuart Hogg is ahead of you,” the Scotland Sevens cap sad.
“It was good learning off Hoggy, just watching what he does and picking up little tips all of the time. He manages a game very well and knows the right times to attack.
“I think that working alongside him made me a better player and I was delighted to be given an Edinburgh start in Cardiff.”
Bryce was one of five new arrivals in the starting backline in the Welsh capital as Edinburgh fell to a disappointing defeat.
He was joined by Duncan Weir, Sasa Tofilau, Solomoni Rasolea and Rory Scholes behind the scrum.
As a result of the number of new faces, the backs failed to gel under pressure from the Blues, but Bryce believes they will be better when they face the Scarlets at home tomorrow evening.
“It was not the start we wanted, but taking into consideration that it’s a whole new backline basically, we knew it would take a bit of time,” he explained.
“The boys have put it behind us, you can’t dwell on it, we’re looking to bounce back at home this week.
“As backs we are training together and working together all the time, so we’re learning game by game and we’ll get more confident playing together as the weeks go on.
“It’s going to click, of that I am sure because there are some great guys around here and Duncan Weir knows how to control the game from stand-off.
“We just have to stick to our guns and believe in each other as a unit.”