Scotland flanker Kelly Brown believes his move to Saracens will make him a better player.
The 28-year-old swapped life north of the border for the Aviva Premiership in the summer after consulting with the national coaches.
And Brown, who has previously played in his homeland for Border Reivers and Glasgow, is confident the challenge of playing for last season's beaten Premiership finalists will improve his game.
"There is a good spirit among the players, the coaching staff and the club," Brown told skysports.com. "I have been made to feel very welcome.
"Anyone who watched Saracens last season, particularly in the latter part of the season, could see the way they were trying to play and that was massively exciting.
"I met with (director of rugby) Brendan Venter and (chief executive) Edward Giffiths and was really excited by their vision for the club.
"I like playing an expansive game and here I've been encouraged to get into the wide channels and get my hands on the ball. It is a completely different style to what I have been used to.
"I spoke to the Scotland coaches about the move pretty much from the moment I made the decision and they were very positive. I explained that I needed the challenge and that I felt it would make me a better player.
"The first day of pre-season I came down and I didn't know anyone, so I was completely out of my comfort zone. But it has been good to have that pressure and challenge to prove myself."
Brown has joined a talented Saracens squad which is packed with international talent and rising stars - including the likes Andy Saull, Schalk Brits, Steve Borthwick and David Strettle.
And Brown believes that the rotation policy employed by Venter will be a good thing even if it will take some getting used.
"There is a rotation policy - that is the way it works here and I think it is a positive thing as you aren't going to be playing too much and there is real competition for places," he said.
"Personally it takes some getting used to. In the past I would be playing every game that I was fit. Here, though, it is impossible to play every single game as there are so many matches with the Premiership, LV Cup and Europe."
Kelly Brown works with ASICS Smarter Rugby, for expert coaching videos online visit www.asics.co.uk/rugby