Ryan Nyambe and Paul Caddis insist there will be a healthy rivalry for the right-back role this season.
Nyambe, 19, who signed a new long-term contract with the club last month, hopes to learn a lot from summer signing Caddis, who has made almost 300 career appearances, and the experienced Scot is happy to oblige.
"Ryan is a good lad," said 29-year-old Caddis, who joined on a two-year deal following a successful trial.
"He's a quiet lad who keeps himself to himself, but he's very fit and strong.
"I might have a bit more experience than Ryan, so I'll try and help him as much as I possibly can.
"It's not all about trying to come in and take his spot. Of course I'm trying to do that, but at the same time I'll be there to help Ryan if he ever needs a bit of help or advice."
Nyambe, who started every game under new manager Tony Mowbray last season, welcomed Caddis' arrival, saying: "It will help very much.
"He’s come in during pre-season and he’s looked very good. I look at him and I think ‘wow, I want to be like him’.
“Obviously he’s my competition, but it’s not a negative thing.
“I’ve got to learn from him and that competition will help to push me on. Instead of backing down, you’ve just got to work harder and try to be on top.”