WINGER Matt Jess says Exeter Chiefs will be looking to pick up where they left off last term when they face the Scarlets on Saturday.
Rob Baxter's men take on the Llanelli outfit in their opening pre-season fixture at the Parc y Scarlets.
And the players are looking to continue taking their game forward, after winning six of their final seven matches last term.
After facing the Scarlets, Exeter take on Bristol and Glasgow before they open their Aviva Premiership season at Northampton on September 7.
Jess said: "We've got such a good squad here now, Rob's built that since we were in the Championship, and we want to show what an attacking force Exeter are trying to be and how we are trying to improve.
"Having finished fifth and then getting into the Heineken Cup again last year, we want to push on in the league now and that starts on Saturday against the Scarlets."
Head coach Baxter is set to give every fit senior player in his squad a run out against the Scarlets to give them all a chance to impress.
Jess, 29, is one of four wingers in the 35-man party – including summer signings Fetu'u Vainikolo and Tom James.
They replaced the likes of Mark Foster, Josh Tatupu and Nic Sestaret, who were released at the end of last season.
And Jess has welcomed the extra competition the internationals will bring on the flanks at Sandy Park this term.
"Rob has brought in quality where it was needed," he said. "Josh Tatupu was unlucky with injuries and left and Fozzy left and you've got to make up those places with quality players.
"He's found two quality wingers in Fetu'u and Tom James and we're all going to be fighting it out for the places on the wings.
"It's a big squad effort though. If they've got the shirt they will want to do the best they can for Exeter, if I've got the shirt I'll want to do my best for Exeter.
"Hopefully we can get through the pre-season games, put down a marker for where we're at attack-wise and in defence and start off against Northampton with a bang."
Exeter's players returned for pre-season training in mid-June so Jess said they were pleased to be able to finally play a game.
And they will also be able to find out how the changes they have made to the way they play the game are going to work.
Jess said: "It's been a tough and gruelling pre-season, the strength and conditioning staff have put us through our paces so we're all as fit and raring to go as we can be.
"The good thing about the end of pre-season is the pre-season games, almost like the light at the end of a tunnel for us – we can get out there and do what we love doing, playing rugby."