18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
"After feedback from the fans, they've changed the side the supporters sit on at Murrayfield. The supporters are closer to the pitch on the East side and there's track-side standing now as well and that adds to the atmosphere.
"It's been well documented that we've struggled for crowd numbers in the past but they're creeping up slowly. We're doing everything we can to encourage the crowd to turn up but it's performances that will really help that and it's up to the players on the pitch to get the results."
New coach Michael Bradley is in his first season of Heineken Cup rugby having being something of an Amlin Challenge Cup maestro during his time with Connacht and Laidlaw has been impressed with his boss' early influence.
Bradley has made a point of putting his faith in young Scottish talent as he looks to build a squad not just for the present but also for the future - a move that has been welcomed by Laidlaw and his team-mates.
"Michael's settled in well. He's brought some new ideas. He wants to change the perception of Edinburgh and he wants us to toughen up a bit. He's putting his own stamp on things and, hopefully, things will work well for him.
"It's a good thing that Michael's signing up our good young players. In the past, they've been left hanging on for too long with a lot of uncertainty and that's not good for the Club. What Michael's trying to do is right and that can bring stability to Edinburgh in the long-term.
"Personally, I've been enjoying it so far. It's been a tough couple of months but I don't think we're too far away. It was a big year for me last year and I'm looking to push on. The Scottish boys coming back in will help massively and the Heineken Cup is a challenge we're looking forward to."