EXMOUTH coach Jon Hill is looking forward to learning how his side are shaping up when they play their first pre-season match.
The Cockles travel to Brickfields to face Plymouth Albion on Saturday (5pm) and several new faces will get a run out.
That includes former Exeter Chiefs players Chris Bentley and Richard Bolt and most recent signing Richard Bright, who has returned to his hometown club.
Imperial Ground head coach Hill expects his side to be up against it when they face Championship outfit Plymouth, under new boss James Shanahan.
But that is what he wants as he knows it will expose a few areas they need to work on ahead of their maiden National Two South campaign.
"Plymouth have obviously recruited well in the summer, they're a quality side. We had a very good fixture against them last year and I think we surprised a few people with our performance," said Hill.
"We expect to be severely tested but that's great because we can learn a lot about ourselves and where we're at. There are certain things that we haven't spent enough time on yet and I'm sure they'll be highlighted on Saturday against a side who are full-time and are able to spend a lot of time on attention to detail.
"We've had quite a bit of change in terms of recruitment and a few guys leaving and it's taking a little bit of time to bed in to where we want to be at.
"A number of guys will be playing their first games for the club this weekend. The majority of last season's first team that are still with us will start and there will be debuts for the likes of Chris Bentley, Tom Emery, Rob Avery-Wright, Richard Bolt, Richard Bright and a few others.
"Sam Jones has been training with us throughout pre-season so he'll be playing and we're looking to finalise an agreement with him.
"With Andrew Powell, Mike Wilson and Dave Kimberley leaving it might take us a bit longer to get into our stride and how we want to play the game but we're not far off that. Over the next few weeks we're going to try to iron out as much as we can."
As well as their new signings, Exmouth will also field three Exeter Chiefs academy players who are set to sign on loan.
Lock Marcus Garrett, back-rower Todd Lowry and tighthead prop Dan Pullinger will play for the Cockles on Saturday – and then turn out against them next week.
Exmouth are playing a Chiefs academy XV at Sandy Park on Wednesday (7pm) before taking on Bridgwater & Albion the following day.
However, Hill is aware things do not have to be perfect just yet. He said: "We have to remember the league season does not start until September 7, we're still three-and-a-half weeks away from that.
"There's always a tendency to try to rush and cram everything to get sorted for the first pre-season game, which is unrealistic as we're a part-time club."