WINGER Jack Nowell is looking to carry on where he left off last season with Exeter Chiefs after being named in the England Saxons squad.
The 20-year-old has been included with Sandy Park colleague Tom Johnson in the 32-man squad for the forthcoming season.
While that represents a demotion for flanker Johnson after being in the senior squad last term, it saw Nowell promoted from the under-20s after helping England win the IRB Junior World Championship.
And having started the final 11 games of last term, the Cornishman is keen to retain his spot on the wing for the Chiefs despite the signing of Tom James and Fetu'u Vainikolo.
"I finished off last season well and one of my biggest goals for this season was to come back in pre-season after having a good world cup," said Nowell. "I want to pick up my place again.
"We needed to bring in some players after letting a few go at the end of last season but that's just part of the team.
"It gives us an extra push to know we have someone on our tails, someone always fighting for the position.
"It's always good to have new guys, they bring new things to the team."
Nowell missed the first three matches of England under-20s' successful Six Nations campaign last term as he was playing for the Chiefs.
However, he shone in France as they claimed the global title for the first time, with fellow Chiefs youngsters Sam Hill, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade also starting the final.
Even Nowell said he was surprised at how quickly he was called up by England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
"It was what I wanted, it was one of my goals for the season, but it still didn't stop me being a bit shocked by it," said Nowell. "I was really happy as well.
"A lot has gone into it, I think the under-20s at the world cup was a massive part of it and the biggest part was the chances Exeter gave me down here.
"I started off halfway through the season, had a good couple of A League games, a good couple of LV games and then they chucked me in at the deep end.
"It's a big thanks to the coaches here for that and having the trust in me."
Lancaster is keen to keep Nowell in the England system and will get to coach him for the first time later this month when the senior and Saxons squads gather for a training camp.
He said: "Jack Nowell played well for his club, he played well for England, he's an exciting young player and the sooner we get him into the squad and start working with him, the better."
Exeter boss Rob Baxter, who was part of Lancaster's coaching team for the two-Test series against Argentina in June, hopes more Chiefs players can follow in Nowell and Johnson's footsteps.
"It's fantastic for Jack to have his first involvement with the squad but a bit disappointing that TJ has dropped down from the senior squad," said Baxter.
"He's been unfortunate to lose his place as England have looked at a few options when they went to Argentina.
"Jack has been rewarded not just for his England under-20s performances, where he was very good, but also for having a fantastic second half of the season in the Premiership when he proved himself to be an up-and-coming young Premiership player.
"We've got half a dozen players who I think are knocking on the door of at least the Saxons and it's our job to give those guys the opportunities to show they should be representing England Saxons at the very least."