LUKE Arscott says he is "massively excited" about returning to play for Exeter Chiefs this summer.
And he thinks the Sandy Park outfit can have a successful first season in the Premiership after winning promotion last month.
The full-back played for Exeter as a teenager before joining hometown club Plymouth Albion and then having four seasons with Bristol.
But with the Chiefs beating Arscott and his Bristol teammates in the Championship final, the 25-year-old jumped at the chance to rejoin Exeter.
He is one of six players to have signed for the club since they clinched their place in the top tier.
"I'm massively excited about next season," said Arscott. "It's going to be really tough but exciting at the same time.
"It's not going to be easy to achieve what we want to achieve and get to where we want to be, but with the squad of players we have got and the coaching set up I don't see any reason why we cannot have a successful season."
He added: "I was disappointed not to go up to the Premiership with Bristol, that was where I wanted to be playing. It was quite late in the year by then and there weren't a lot of options available to me.
"I like Exeter as a place and I've played there before as well so it was an easy decision to make to go back.
"It's a bit closer to home and I've got a lot of friends in the area from when I played junior rugby at Exeter and that was part of the reason I signed.
"The main reasons, however, were the facilities Exeter have to offer and the rugby they are playing.
"I had quite a consistent year this year, playing quite well, and hopefully I can keep that going through pre-season and into the start of the season with Exeter."
Arscott has fond memories of his time with Exeter when he was younger. He left Devonport Services to join Exeter's colts in 2000 and made his first team debut as a replacement in a cup game against Penzance in October 2002.
He went on to make five appearances in the league, scoring his only try away against Manchester. However, the club has since come a long way.
"It was my first taste of senior rugby and playing for the colts I met some guys I'm still good friends with now," he said. "The rugby itself was brilliant as well.
"It's massively different now — playing at the County Ground and training at Cowick Barton is a world away from what we have at Sandy Park."
Arscott spent time with some of his new colleagues earlier this month as he want to Las Vegas on Jason Hobson's stag do.
But he said he didn't discuss next season with his mates as they wanted to switch off.
"To be honest we didn't really talk about rugby because it was a chance to get away from it," he said. "It was only a few days after we had finished playing.
"It will be good to catch up with guys I know from Exeter before, Bristol and Plymouth and nice to see a few familiar faces."