Stephen Myler has welcomed the competition Munster talent JJ Hanrahan will bring to the Saints fly-half role next season.
Hanrahan will move to Franklin’s Gardens this summer, with the utility back setting his sights on the Northampton No.10 shirt.
It is a position Myler has held for the past two seasons, steering Saints to an Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup double in the previous campaign.
And the 30-year-old, who recently extended his contract at Franklin’s Gardens, is up for the challenge talented Hanrahan will provide.
“It spreads the workload a little bit and players want that pressure to perform at the highest level of the game,” said Myler.
“If you don’t want that pressure there’s something wrong.
“It’s something for the coaches and the management to think about. They need to make sure we’re fresh come the end of the season and having a strong squad enables you to do that.
“You need competition in all places, not just mine, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve been so strong in the past couple of seasons.
“Ben Foden is out now, but we’ve got James Wilson to fill in and you need that competition right across the board.
“We’re trying to win every one of the competitions we’re in and you can’t do that with 15 players. You need a full squad.
“The people that we’re signing are only going to add to the strength in depth we’ve got in the squad.”