Saints star Foden hails replacements Wilson and May


Ben Foden has hailed fellow Saints full-backs James Wilson and Tom May.

The duo, along with fly-half Stephen Myler, have been covering for Foden since he sustained ankle ligament damage in the win at Bath on September 14.

The No.15 shirt at Saints has been somewhat cursed, with Foden, Wilson and Myler all being struck down by injury while playing there.

But May has managed to escape unscathed so far and his contribution and that of Kiwi Wilson, who signed for Saints from French side Bourgoin during the summer, has impressed Foden.

And the England star believes it’s a sign of the versatility the current Northampton squad now possesses.

“James Wilson was superb in the games that he played, sadly he just didn’t last very long,” said Foden.

“The 15 shirt seems to be a bit cursed this year because Myler, Jimmy and myself have all been injured playing in that position and I think those lads blame me really.

“Jimmy was real good when he started out. He’s a really talented footballer, he can play 10, 12, 13, full-back - he’s one of those guys who can fit into the squad anywhere. The same could be said about Tommy May as well.

“We’re lucky we’ve got that versatility in the players that they can step in and do a job in most positions.”

Foden is set to return to the Saints side in the next couple of weeks, targeting the clash with Sale on November 30.

And he is desperate to help his team climb the Premiership table after seeing them suffer a drop in form since his injury.

“I got injured in the third game when we were three from three,” said Foden. “Things were good and then we won another two games at home.

“Things were looking good but our run of form has been pretty average since the fifth game and we’ve dropped down in the league.

“What we want to do in the next couple of games is climb up the league again.”