Angus Crichton need look no further than Boyd Cordner for inspiration on filling the Sydney Roosters' second-rower's jersey this year.
Crichton will be the man to move to the left edge for the first half of the season at the Roosters, filling the spot Cordner has for the majority of his 10-year career.
A natural right-edge player who has played on both sides of the field, the 25-year-old will be given the job of playing alongside Lachlan Lam while Sitili Tupouniua is tipped to start on the right.
Crichton has not spoken to Cordner about the switch, with the Roosters co-captain still not training alongside the group as the club manage his concussions.
"You just need to watch his games to get inspiration, he doesn't need to say too much," Crichton said.
"But left and right, it doesn't matter too much.
"I debuted on the left and played most of my career on the right before I came to the Roosters.
"You don't want to pigeonhole yourself left or right. You're an edge backrower."
Crichton has not taken the job of stepping up in the back row lightly.
Off contract at the end of this year but expecting to stay, he spent the majority of his player leave period training with NSW Waratahs fullback Jack Maddocks.
Meanwhile Cordner is expected to resume training with the Roosters next month for at least an eight-week period as part of his planned return to match time.
The 28-year-old has been missed at Roosters training, but those still in close contact with him have been impressed with the way he's handled the situation.
"He's in a real good space ... you wouldn't know," five-eighth Luke Keary said.
"He would be disappointed and all different emotions and he doesn't really show.
"He's such a big presence and obviously the NSW and Australian captain.
"So when that dude isn't at training anymore there is obviously a bit of a hole you feel there. It's good to know he is coming back."
Keary knows how cautious the Roosters were with his concussions in 2019, when he missed several weeks.
And while no specialists who have seen Cordner over the summer said he needed to miss games, Keary said it was a no-brainer for his co-captain.
"I know the club looks after everyone, they have proven to give boys weeks off and extended periods if they need it," he said.
"But it was probably a common-sense one. Everyone knew he needed a week off and he probably needed it too. It's good for him."
Australian Associated Press