Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Jason O'Halloran said he was impressed with the club's latest recruit Callum Gibbins following his impressive debut against Ospreys.
The 28-year-old, who switched from Super Rugby club Hurricanes ahead of the ongoing season played all 80 minutes in the game at Scotstoun Stadium that was won by Glasgow Warriors 31-10.
O'Halloran, who is a member of the coaching panel headed by former Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie believes Gibbins has all the right attributes to inspire the younger players in the squad following the departure of Simone Favaro.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's encounter at Cardiff, O'Halloran said: "They are very similar in terms of their work ethic and their desire to be physical and dominate the contact area.
"But with Callum you also get a really good awareness of systems. At times Simone would probably rush out of line and either get a big hit or a big line break for the opposition.
"So Callum's accuracy and the fact he is a smart guy is really beneficial to the group. We have so many young loose forwards and he can become a really good mentor to the likes of Matt Smith, Matt Fagerson, Lewis Wynne."
Glasgow Warriors are currently second in Conference A with two wins from as many games in the ongoing season.