Connacht captain John Muldoon has declared himself as "pretty pleased" with the province's Champions Cup draw.

The Pro12 champions were among the top seeds for the draw, which took place on Wednesday afternoon at EPC Rugby headquarters in Switzerland, and were placed in Pool 2 alongside English Premiership runners-up Wasps, French giants Toulouse and Pro12 foes Zebre.

While Zebre will be seen as easy fodder for sides hoping to reach the last eight, Muldoon admitted that Connacht would relish the prospect of taking on a pair of European aristocrats, with Toulouse no doubt eager to exact revenge for the men from Galway's famous victory at Stade Ernest Wallon three years ago.

"Obviously being top seeded has helped massively with our draw. It puts us in there with a good chance of getting out," Muldoon told 2FM's Game On.

"From our point of view and our fans' point of view, we were looking for a couple of attractive fixtures.

"I thought Wasps were sensational this year, so that's obviously a very attractive one, and then we have our old friends Toulouse.

"And every time we are in the Champions Cup we seem to have Zebre, so it's a couple of familiar teams. 

"But Wasps will be a huge draw. They have lost a few players from last year but Kurtley Beale has signed for them and they have some big names and huge aspirations as a club.

"Overall, we'd be pretty pleased with the draw. From a personal point of view I wanted to get Clermont because I wanted to play in Clermont, the fact that it's one of the hardest places to go.

"We won't be too disappointed we missed out them though."

"I thought Wasps were sensational this year, so that's obviously a very attractive one, and then we have our old friends Toulouse.

Today's draw was further evidence of an increasingly busy rugby calendar that only saw last season officially come to an end with last weekend's test matches in the southern hemisphere.

And Muldoon revealed that while international team-mates like Tiernan O'Halloran and Ultan Dillane were only touching back down in Ireland after the gruelling series in South Africa, the rest of the provincial squad were already getting about the business of preparing for the new campaign.

"We are already back in, doing fitness testing over the next couple of days," the flanker said. 

"Some of the injured lads have been back a week now, so it's just back to the grind now and get ready for next year.

"There's a few of us with some pot bellies we have to get rid of after a bit too much celebrating so we have to try and get rid of those."

Now 33, and with a Pro12 winners' medal in his pocket, Muldoon is still eager to put himself to the test with another season of top-level rugby.

"When you get to my age and you play a lot of games, you have to listen to your body. When you get that little bit older you try and get little advantages.

"Speaking to players from different sports, the one thing that always comes back is that if the hunger is there and the body is holding up then why not keep going?

"I'm in a different position this year, where we are coming back after winning something which has never happened to us before, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck in again. 

"You're a bit apprehensive going into preseason and knowing that you have the hard work to get going, but the fight and the will is still there and I'm looking forward to getting back into it.

"There's a few new faces coming to Connacht and a lot of lads who have gotten their first caps over the last couple of weeks, it's an exciting time for everyone."