Brumbies prop Scott Sio is ready to take on a leadership role with the side this season after excelling at the Rugby World Cup.
The 24-year-old made strides with his scrummaging last year and with international experience now under his belt is ready to evolve his role within the Brumbies squad ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.
"I guess I do feel like a senior guy in a way, it's all happened pretty quickly for me," Sio told the Canberra Times.
"I've worked very hard and been very lucky to get the opportunities I've had, I'll never take that for granted. It can be a cut-throat sport at times in terms of selection and injury, you've got to take the good with the bad.
"Maybe I'd like to step into a leadership role in the tight five in the coming years if I decide to stay. I don't think you can put things on the backburner, but the 2016 season is my priority."
With Stephen Moore joining the Reds and Matt Toomua heading to Leicester Tigers at the end of the year, the Brumbies are doing their best to ensure there are enough leaders in the squad to take over in the future.
Head coach Stephen Larkham believes that Sio can be one of those figures the Brumbies can call upon looking ahead to provide some leadership.
"We're getting different guys to talk at the end of training sessions and we'll continue that so we don't have one voice, we need a number of guys contributing," Larkham said.
"The longer teams are together, the more they understand everything and they're better at leading.
"I certainly think a number of guys can step up, Scotty is one of those. We've got a number of guys who have played at Super Rugby and Test levels for a number of years now and we'll call on them."