This week, talking to the media, Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Bryan Redpath acknowledged the contribution his former Championship players have made so far this season.
Last weekend, in the victory over Harlequins, fly half Tim Taylor contributed 11 points, including the vital winning conversion with the last kick of the game, and centre Tim Molenaar scored a vital try to cap a good day for the former Nottingham men.
It was pointed out that the on loan Taylor had said he was living the opportunity after the game and Redpath admitted he was delighted with his efforts to date.
"I'd love Tim to be around next year. Obviously Carlos (Spencer) left and Tim came in and he's put in a performance in two games. He's put his hand up."
"Sometimes people question what the first division has but I think that, if you pick the right ones, then you get a good reward."
Taylor grabbed the headlines last weekend but Molenaar has seized his opportunity since his move in preseason with a series of fine performances scoring tries against Biarritz and Harlequins.
Amongst the forwards, Dave Attwood has nailed down the number four shirt and been rewarded with an England Saxons call up whilst Paul Doran-Jones was capped by England against Argentina in the Autumn international period.
"In Tim Molenaar and Dave Attwood and Paul Doran-Jones, we've picked up some smart boys. And they're good people which is key."
"They're good characters and they work hard. They know where they are and they know where they want to go. They're good people to work with and that's important."
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.