Northampton Saints have been through the wringer over the past few seasons. Since their Premiership final appearance in 2014, the Saints have endured a string of disappointing campaigns which have seen them finish in the bottom half of the table on three occasions.
However, there is a sense of optimism around Franklin’s Gardens ahead of the new season, with new head coach Chris Boyd taking charge of the team.
Boyd has made no secret of his ambition to turn the Saints into title contenders, and he has made some astute signings to help him achieve that goal.
One man who is relishing the challenge of helping the Saints achieve their ambitions is flanker Lewis Ludlam.
Ludlam made his senior debut for the Saints in 2016 and has established himself as a key member of the team.
The 26-year-old was one of the standout performers for the Saints last season and he is looking to kick on again in 2019.
“We’ve got heaps to do to be up there challenging,” Ludlam told BBC Radio Northampton.
“We’re under no illusions. We’re not the finished article by any means.
“But the club’s made some great signings, the coaching staff are brilliant and we’re all really excited about the challenge ahead.”
Ludlam is one of several young players who are expected to play a key role for the Saints this season.
And he is relishing the chance to test himself against the best teams in the Premiership.
“It’s a great league to be a part of,” he said.
“There are so many good teams and talented players.
“As an inexperienced player, you want to test yourself against the best and see where you’re at.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
The Saints will begin their Premiership campaign against Bath at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, September 7.
I think that Northampton Saints have a lot of potential to be contenders for the Premiership title this season. Chris Boyd is a very good head coach, and he has made some great signings to help the team. I think that Lewis Ludlam is a key player for the Saints and he will be a key player in their push for the title.
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