“I think Lyn (Jones) is shrewd, he’s a very clever man and you lonely have to look at the quality players he has brought in,” said former British and Irish Lions star Byrne.
“I’d say that out of all the regions we’ve recruited the best. I think in year’s gone by people might have thought of the Dragons as a bit of a soft touch, and it’s not easy for me to say that now as a Dragons player.
“Something we’ve got to aim for now is to be the best Welsh region and give the people of Newport something to smile about this season.”
Despite now plying his trade in Wales, Byrne admits that his international could well be over although has enjoyed meeting up with his former Wales teammates at Rodney Parade such as Andy Powell, Ian Gough and Taulupe Faletau.
I’m not thinking about playing for Wales anymore really, I think that my time’s past for that now.
“I’m not thinking about playing for Wales anymore really,” said Byrne. “I think probably that my time’s past for that now so I’m happy to just concentrate on playing for the region now.
“There are a lot of boys here that I was involved with in the Wales squad and it’s nice to come back and see them and play with them again.
“It has also been great to meet the new players as well and the young boys who’re also through and buying in to what we’re trying to achieve next season.”