Suspended Clark ready for Saints’ pre-season training

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Calum Clark says he has done plenty of thinking and is now ready to ‘crack on’ with pre-season training.

Clark is currently serving a 32-week ban which he received after being found guilty of hyper-extending the arm of Leicester Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins during the LV= Cup final on March 18.

He was forced to sit out Saints’ Aviva Premiership run-in as they failed to make the grand final following an agonising 25-23 play-off semi-final defeat at Harlequins.

But he’s back in the fold now, and for the first time in months he is able to do exactly what his team-mates are doing, with no games until August.

“I’m training with the team, helping out wherever I can,” said the 23-year-old. “I’m back in for pre-season now.

“I just trained like normal, carried on with the team and it’s all fine.

“We’ve done a bit of testing early doors which is never pleasant but you have to do these things to find your benchmarks and improve. It’s a tough time both mentally and physically.”

Due to his suspension, Clark was unable to help Saints to glory last season as they fell to defeat in the LV= Cup final and the Premiership play-off semi-finals.

And they were unable to make it out of their group in the Heineken Cup as defeats to Munster and Scarlets cost them dear.

Saints have enjoyed steady progression over recent seasons and were disappointed to finish the campaign without a trophy, but Clark insists he and his team-mates will put things right next time round.

“The team kind of started out its journey when it came up from the Premiership,” he said. “It’s been developing from then.

“The achievements of last season were disappointing, we didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve and we’ve got to work hard and try to put that right.”