JARED Rosser believes a season on the frontline with the Dragons has helped turn him from a rabbit in the headlights to a hare on the wing.

The 20-year-old from Pontypool made his professional debut with a brief cameo at the end of the Guinness PRO14 opener against Leinster at Rodney Parade in September.

The former Abersychan School pupil has gone on to enjoy a rapid rugby education with 24 appearances in all competitions.

The speedster, who showed signs of his promise in the World Rugby Sevens Series with Wales last season, has grown in the Dragons jersey and will line up against the Scarlets at Principality Stadium fresh from a stunning display against Zebre in Italy.

Rosser became the first player to score a hat-trick for the Rodney Parade region since Tom Prydie crossed three times against Bucharest Wolves in December, 2014.

The prospect has scored six tries in his last six games and is starting to show his attacking talent on a more consistent basis.

"When I first started I was like a rabbit in the headlights," admitted Rosser, a Premiership title winner with Ebbw Vale in 2016.

"I was getting used to the speed of the game and the physicality but now I feel that I can put my stamp on the game rather than just being there for the experience.

"As a winger you can get through just hiding on the edge but playing along the likes of Hallam Amos and Ashton Hewitt, seeing how they get involved in the game, has helped me massively.

"At first it's a lot different to playing in the Premiership, you obviously have a lot of emotions with it being your first few games and it being everything you've wanted. You just want to do a job for the team so that you don't stand out.

"You are tested on every aspect of your game – the high ball, working back to cover a kick, ball in hand. Every game you have to fulfil different skills.

"Getting the experience that I have this year playing with the boys has been great and I've really enjoyed it.

"At the beginning I was quite nervous to get my point across on the pitch, I was thinking 'Do they really want to be listening to a boy who has just started?'.

"But the likes of Cory Hill and Elliot Dee have kept on at me to keep talking on the pitch, whether to call whether it's on or we need more numbers in defence, because it will help the team. That's been a big work-on and I think that I've improved throughout the season."

Rosser's form has earned a place in the back three for the season finale against the Scarlets and the return of Wales international Hallam Amos is likely to lead to a shift from full-back to midfield for Zane Kirchner, the former Springbok who has been a calming influence for the region's prospects.

"He has been really helpful, especially when he had a spell when injured," said Rosser. "Zane would sit in the stand at training and you would hear him shouting all day.

"Afterwards he would sit down with me and go through the video because he has been there and done it, he knows the ins and outs.

"Zane is someone that you definitely want to build towards in terms of communication, because everyone says that when he is in the team he makes things clearer."

The former Wales Under-20s international is relishing the chance to return to Principality Stadium, although a clash with the Guinness PRO14 champions promises to be slightly more intense than when he was a replacement for Pontypool United in their 2015 WRU Youth Plate victory against Rhydyfelin.

"I've kind of treated this like a final," said Rosser. "I've been thinking that I need to perform because this is the game that I want to play in.

"I was very happy when I was told that I am in the matchday 23 – it doesn't get much better than playing at Principality Stadium against the reigning champs."

"In the last month Barry (Maddocks, skills coach) has been working hard with us on making that extra pass and it has clicked a bit.

"The Scarlets like their running rugby as well so it should be a good day."