Tom Wood admits last season was tough – and he is now eager to make up for lost time by scooping some major silverware with Saints this time round.
Wood was ruled out of his side’s Aviva Premiership run-in after suffering a toe injury that also ended his hopes of jetting off on England’s summer tour of South Africa.
But the flanker returned to action during pre-season, scoring a try on his comeback against Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens in August.
He has gone on to play 80 minutes in each of Saints’ three Premiership games this season, ending up on the winning side each time.
And Wood is now targeting a top trophy as he bids to forget last season, when he was unable to help Saints claim glory as they eventually lost out in the Premiership play-off semi-final at Harlequins.
“Last year was a tough year,” said Wood, who played just 14 games last season. “Things didn’t quite go my way and I had big battles with injury and what not but hopefully we’re getting close to being back to 100 per cent now.
“The lads went really well. We had a few injuries and suspensions and things to overcome but we still did well, we got to the play-offs and everything else and made a good fist of it.
“Looking at this year we want to go a step of two better and come away with some silverware.”
The next step on the road to glory is a game against Wood’s former club Worcester at the Gardens this afternoon (Sat, 3pm).
The Warriors have yet to win a game this season, but Wood, who left Sixways in the summer of 2010, refuses to write them off.
“They’re playing well,” he said. “They’re a difficult side to beat, they pride themselves on their defence and they look like they’re developing an attacking game.
“They’ve got a lot of threats across the board, their lineout’s always dangerous, they’ve got a lot of height and size in their pack so we’re taking nothing for granted and we know if we are to win we’ll have to grind it out.”