ELLIOT Dee has welcomed the "head-turning" signings made by the Dragons – and believes evergreen South African Brok Harris has set the standard for the new recruits.

The Rodney Parade region are back in training to prepare for the conclusion of the Guinness PRO14 at the end of August.

Dean Ryan's squad are set to enter stage two of the return to rugby protocols with three new faces joining Dee & Co.

Wales centre Nick Tompkins will spend the year with the Dragons on loan from Saracens, wing/full-back Jonah Holmes has arrived from Leicester to improve his Test chances while giant Welsh-qualified lock Joe Maksymiw has signed from Connacht.

Talks have also been held with Wales and Lions powerhouse Jamie Roberts as director of rugby Ryan looks to build on an encouraging first season.

Dee says that those heading through the door will do well to match the impact of 35-year-old prop Harris, who will enter a seventh campaign since joining from the Stormers.

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"Brok Harris has been an absolute rock of the team," said the Wales front rower on the Don't Give a Ruck podcast when asked who the best signing has been throughout his time at the Dragons.

"Him and Rynard (Landman, now playing in France), when he came over as well, what they have brought to the team is invaluable.

"Brok never misses any rugby and is still going now. It's not just what he brings on the field, it's what he brings off the field, he's just a great guy.

"He's got no ego, he doesn't speak up when he doesn't need to and when he does, people listen.

"He's almost like a father figure, you can go to him with your problems and he will give you a good answer and make you feel reassured. Brok has been an amazing signing for the Dragons over the years."

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Dee is gearing up for the Ospreys derby in Swansea on the weekend of August 22, with the Dragons looking to finish off an encouraging 2019/20 by finishing above the men from the Liberty Stadium.

"There is a buzz around the place. We have made some head-turning signings and people got on board with the journey we were on last year and saw some success," he said.

"It's not just about games we won, there were some other games that were pivotal. We wouldn't have qualified for the quarter-finals of Europe if we hadn't got a losing bonus point at Worcester with 14 men.

"Taine got red-carded and in the past we would have lost by 50 points because there would have been no belief or leadership on the field. I can tell you we are all excited and raring to get going again."

Dee linked up late with Ryan's Dragons because of the World Cup and, after leaving for the Six Nations, saw the season suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, he has been impressed by what he has seen of the former England forward's set-up.

South Wales Argus:

"It's a lot more of a professional environment and a performance-driven environment," said Dee, who has played eight regional games under Ryan.

"We are not spoon-fed, we are given the tools to go away and learn things.

"We talk a lot about culture, where words don't need to be said and actions are lived out.

"It's about building a winning culture and a performance culture, an environment where everyone can thrive.

"I had my first day in since lockdown and texted a member of coaching staff to say it was unbelievable how professional it was.

"It was like an international environment, and that's something we've lacked in the past. We've not really had the little things right but now everything is taken care of so that you can perform."

For the full interview, including Dee's thoughts on his Wales career: CLICK HERE