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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.