Jim Mallinder says he is ‘really pleased’ with James Wilson – and the Kiwi could be handed a first start for Saints at full-back against Worcester Warriors on Saturday.
Wilson, who can also play at centre and fly-half signed on at Franklin’s Gardens this summer after spending a year in France with Bourgoin.
He impressed during pre-season, playing his part in victories against Leinster, Moseley and Edinburgh.
And with Ben Foden ruled out for around 12 weeks with major ankle ligament damage, sustained during last Friday’s 18-14 win at Bath, Wilson could make his debut against Worcester at the Gardens this weekend.
“James travelled with the first team last weekend and he’s been waiting for his chance,” said Saints director of rugby Mallinder.
“I’m really pleased with him. He joined us a little bit late in pre-season but in the games he played he was very, very good and held his hand up.
“He’s one of those who will be wanting to play and get some game time at the weekend.”
Like Wilson, Brian Mujati also travelled as a reserve to The Recreation Ground last Friday.
The powerhouse prop had been nursing a shin injury but he has been training this week and is in line for a return.
The man who replaced Mujati for the Bath battle, Tom Mercey, is struggling to be fit after picking up a calf injury during the game.
Courtney Lawes could get a first start of the season after coming off the bench last time out, following his recovery from an elbow problem.