Worcester Warriors fly-half Tom Heathcote has called on his teammates to learn from a few close defeats last season.
Heathcote, who took the field in 20 games for Warriors last year and scored 143 points, wants the team to learn from the mistakes they made in the past.
“Personally, I was really happy with how things went last season,” the 24-year-old Heathcote told Worcester News.
“Coming into the club from Bath, I couldn’t have asked for much more from the campaign. From a club perspective, I think it was a job done in one way to consolidate ourselves in the Premiership. But there were a lot of games where we felt we should have won or picked up a losing bonus point or matches which slipped away from us in the last 15 or 20 minutes.
“We also won four games in a row, which the club had never done before in the Premiership, and we can take a lot of confidence from that.”
Their rivals have strengthened over the summer with South African back Willie le Roux and Australian full-back Kurtley Beale having joined Warriors’ Midlands rivals Wasps.
Northampton Saints have snapped up France number eight Louis Picamoles and Australian fly-half Matt Toomua has pitched up at Leicester Tigers.
“The Premiership has a lot of big names this season and I think it will be another big step-up,” said Heathcote.
“Players who might have been tempted to go to France in the past are now coming to the Premiership with the increase in the salary cap and money from BT, so it’s only going to increase the quality of the league and the games."