Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence spoke to the media on Tuesday about the club's on-field leadership as a highly-anticipated 2018 pre-season got underway.

Entering his 12th season in first-grade, Lawrence has seen it all at the Wests Tigers, but said with a vastly overhauled playing roster, the club appeared to be entering an exciting new era.

“For a lot of the guys who have been here it almost feels like you’re at a new club," he said.

“With so many new faces it does have that fresh feel."

Lawrence certainly won't be alone in leading around a squad packed with young talent, with Wests Tigers legend Benji Marshall returning to the club he last played for back in 2013.

“He (Benji) is really going to be good for the young guys," Lawrence said.

"Just with the energy that he brings to the team and the experience.

“He’s already been helping out the younger guys a lot over his first few days here.

"Now that he’s into it full time, his advice is going to be really valuable to them.

“We have a lot of senior guys coming in from other clubs," he added.

"Guys like Russell Packer, Ben Mautulino, Josh Reynolds; You’ve got myself, ET (Elijah Taylor), Timmy Grant that have been here, so it’s a really important role being a lead