Former Waratahs flanker and now Brumbies recruit Ben Mowen says that starting training for next season's Super Rugby tournament in July is essential to winning back some respect.
New Brumbies coach Jake White has been putting his players through an intense four-day camp of on-field training and fitness testing in Narrabeen.
Australian Super Rugby teams don't usually start pre-season training until November but as there has been a high turnover of players and coaching staff Mowen said that the Brumbies wanted to get White's plan into place as soon as possible.
"It's definitely the first time I've started training in July," Mowen told the Canberra Times.
"It's all about putting down the foundations going into the pre-season, by the time late October and early November comes around we know all the systems we're going to use.
"This is not a cruisey camp by any standards, but most guys can see the opportunity with this group ... we don't want to be behind the eight ball in October and that's why training in July is a must."
The Brumbies are also planning two more off-season camps in Sydney as White tries to mould a new game plan which will keep the Brumbies attack but also toughen up defence.
Mowen has taken a limited part in training as he has an ankle syndesmosis injury and has spent most of his time in the gym.
The 26-year-old started his career with the Reds but could only play one match for them before he joined the Waratahs.
Now having joined the Brumbies Mowen is aiming to become owner of the No.6 jersey as it has been vacated by Mitchell Chapman and Rocky Elsom.
Despite starting Super Rugby training so early Mowen is not worried about burning out next when the season kicks off.
"Eddie Jones had a philosophy when I was at the Reds which was to get through a lot of training in a short period," Mowen said.
"If you don't do it in the right format then it can lead to injuries.
"But we're very fortunate we've got Dean Benton and hopefully this training accelerates what we're trying to do for next year.
"Apart from Benny Alexander, Stephen Moore and Pat McCabe (who are on Wallabies duties), this is our squad.
"The new guys like myself coming in, by the time February comes around we will have been in here for eight months. "
"Part of the challenge coming in is working out when you can voice your opinion and when you speak up."
"First you have to earn respect, so if you've got eight months to do that you're already ahead."