Dominic Day keen to team up with Bath Rugby captain Stuart Hooper
Dominic Day is relishing the chance to form a second-row partnership with Stuart Hooper after his summer switch from Scarlets.
The 26-year-old made his bow at The Rec alongside club captain Hooper during Bath Rugby's first friendly win of the summer against London Welsh.
Both were subsequently on the bench for the trip to Ospreys, with Dave Attwood and Will Spencer named as the starting locks.
But after returning to the XV alongside Hooper for last Friday's clash with Cardiff Blues, Day hopes he is the one chosen to start alongside the skipper at Sixways on Saturday.
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"Stuart's a good guy, an inspirational player and a great leader, so I was really pleased to get stuck in alongside him at the first opportunity," said Day, ahead of the Aviva Premiership opener against Worcester Warriors.
"I though we complimented each other really, so hopefully we get the chance to continue that in the coming weeks.
"I'm enjoying it here. I still feel new but all the boys have made me feel welcome and the fact that there's a whole new coaching set-up has helped my cause.
"In terms of selection, it's a fresh start for everyone and the coaches have brought a fresh philosophy and a new game plan but everyone has bought into it."
After six seasons in the RaboDirect Pro12 league, Day highlighted the Premiership's increased physicality as the reason behind his move across the border.
"The challenge of the Premiership was one I really wanted to have in my career," said Day, who is one of three new additions to the pack alongside fellow Welshman Paul James and England hooker Rob Webber.
"Up front it's definitely a bigger challenge as it's a lot more physical and you see a lot of matches where packs dominate in the Premiership.
"We've done a lot of work in that area over pre-season and built really well, so I feel we can go out and do a good job against a lot of sides. Hopefully I'll be able to be part of that."