Foden believes Saints closer than ever to title glory

HIGH HOPES - Ben Foden
HIGH HOPES - Ben Foden

BEN FODEN says winning a Premiership title with Saints is on his to-do list – and he feels this could be the season his mission is accomplished.

Foden helped his side to an opening-day win at Gloucester last weekend as they dug in to seal a 24-19 victory.

It was a game Saints may well have lost in seasons gone by as they failed to build on an 11-point half-time lead.

But they stuck it out till the end, defending for their lives to deny the Cherry and Whites anything more than a losing bonus point.

And Foden saw enough positive signs in the Kingsholm clash to indicate Saints are heading in the right direction as they bid to scoop some major silverware.

He said: “We’ve fallen short a few times. We’ve been in the play-offs in the last three seasons. It’s time for us to take that next step forward and win some silverware.

“It’s definitely on the to-do list for my time at Northampton and we’re ready for it this year. With the strength in our squad this year we’re obviously going to be challenging for that.”

After their fine win at Kingsholm last weekend, Saints’ next Premiership test comes in the shape of a sharp Exeter side at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.

The Chiefs smashed Sale Sharks 43-6 in their opener and Foden knows the Sandy Park side have become a very dangerous proposition since winning promotion to the Premiership in 2010.

“We’ve only played them a couple of times but they’ve signed pretty well over the summer,” said the England full-back.

“They’ve got some good players who’ve come into their squad and being in the Premiership for a season will have taught their squad quite a lot. They’re only going to come on from that and we know they’re not going to be a walkover team.

“It will be our first home game and we’ll take a lot of confidence from that and get that 16th man behind us.

“We know they’re not going to be an easy team and they’re not going to roll over so we know it’s going to be a hard-fought game at the weekend.”