Dundee new boy Elton Ngwatala is keen to test himself against the elite of Scottish football as he gets ready for his Premiership bow.
The summer signing from Kidderminster Harriers has already begun to make himself a fans favourite at Dens Park with some eye-catching displays in the Betfred Cup.
Now, though, the Dark Blues are gearing up for the nitty gritty of their league campaign.
They kick off the 2017/18 Premiership season at newly- promoted St Mirren this coming weekend.
And, with a few cup games under his belt to get used to life at Dundee, Ngwatala is determined to get off on the right foot.
He said: “I’m looking forward to getting started in the league.
“We have to use the confidence from Saturday and go again this week in the first game of the season.
“I’ve enjoyed things so far, I’ve settled very well. Everybody has made me welcome at the club.
“It’s been a good start for me. I’ll train hard and see how I can improve myself here, that’s the best thing I can do.
“The squad is good, everybody is competitive and ready to play.
“You have to push each other in training and, hopefully, it’s going to be a good season.”
The 24-year-old spent the last three seasons at English non-league side Kidderminster and, after missing out on promotion to the National League, felt it was time to test himself at a higher level.
When Dundee came calling shortly after the season finished, there was only one answer from the Frenchman.
“I really enjoyed my time at Kidderminster, I had a good few seasons,” he added.
“We missed promotion last year but I felt this summer was time for me to move on.
“Obviously, Dundee came for me and I thought going to the Scottish Premiership, playing against Celtic and Rangers, would be a good level for me.
“I want to step up my level as well and play against better players to improve myself and test myself.
“It was the right time for me to move on.
“I’ve watched a few games especially the big ones like the Celtic-Rangers ones.
“I don’t know everything about the Scottish league but I think it is a good level.”
As an attacking midfielder, Ngwatala has impressed many already at Dens Park with his displays in the early-season games.
He, though, says there’s more to come from him – and the rest of the team – once the campaign really gets under way over the next few weeks.
Shortly after signing, Ngwatala was whisked off to Portugal with the rest of the squad for a pre-season training camp and he says the good work put in on the Algarve will stand the side in good stead this season.
He added: “The preparations were hard in Portugal, the weather made it difficult, but we worked very hard so, hopefully, that will help in the season.
“We worked on different things and you can see we still need to get to know each other but that will come.
“Sometimes it’s good to go away together because the new people like me and the ones already here stay together and learn from each other. It was good.”
With a few French speakers already in the squad, it’s been easy for Ngwatala to settle into life at the Dark Blues – and he’s hoping to enjoy some good days with the fans at Dens Park, too.
“Everybody is cool, you can speak to everybody, there are no problems.
“It helps a lot to have some French speakers but we try to speak English so everybody can understand.
“I’ve been surprised at Dens because it was a great atmosphere.
“Hopefully, there’s more of that to come.”