Brian Mujati is looking forward to Sunday’s reunion with Saints.
The Bulawayo-born prop left Northampton to join Racing Metro in 2013 and he has now moved back to England, with Sale Sharks.
Saints travel to face the Sharks in an Aviva Premiership match at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.
And Mujati said: “It’s a game I looked out for on the fixture list when I first arrived.
“And I am looking forward to meeting up with some of my former team-mates from my time at Franklin’s Gardens after the game.
“I enjoyed my time there and the highlight had to be winning a tough Heineken Cup quarter-final against Perpignan (in 2011).”
Mujati made 110 appearances for Saints between 2009 and 2013, becoming a firm fans’ favourite at Franklin’s Gardens.
And he knows just how tough a test Jim Mallinder’s men will provide for the side he signed for during the summer.
“They are a tough team and we will need to be at our best on Sunday,” said the 31-year-old.
“After losing at Saracens it was great for us to get the bonus-point win over Worcester last Friday. It gives us something to build on.”
And on his new start at Sale, Mujati added: “I am enjoying life at Sharks, everyone has been so welcoming and the lads tell me that they like playing at the AJ Bell Stadium and are keen to maintain it as a fortress.
“The Premiership has always has been a tough league and after returning from two seasons in France it’s good to see that the intensity levels in every game is still there.”