Dom Waldouck says the fact he put in a transfer request at Wasps shows how keen he was to join Saints.
And he is now hoping the move to one of the Premiership’s perennial play-off contenders can aid his England ambitions.
Waldouck still had a year to run on his Wasps contract when he heard of Saints’ interest.
He was left with a dilemma: stick it out at Adams Park, or push for a move to Franklin’s Gardens.
He decided to take the latter option, oiling the wheels of the move by telling the powers-that-be at Wasps he wanted to leave.
Despite having such an affiliation with Wasps, a club he had been at since the age of 15, Waldouck knew the time was right to move on.
And the centre believes the uncommon decision to hand in a transfer request shows his determination to help Saints succeed.
“I did put in a transfer request,” confirmed the 24-year-old. “I did still have a year left on my contract at Wasps so that just highlights my ambition to move here and how keen I was to do it.
“No offence, it was nothing against Wasps. Dai Young will do great things at that club and there’s a lot of great players coming through, I just felt like I needed a change.
“I did feel like I wanted it to happen now rather than later so I pushed that process forward and I’m glad I did it.
“I wish everyone at Wasps all the best. It’s just an individual decision and I felt like I needed to do it.
“When you feel passionately about something you try to make it happen so i just had to push it.”
Waldouck has a number of England Saxons appearances to his name, but he wants to take the step up into the main side.
And he believes Saints are the club to help him do that.
He said: “My ambition to play internationally is still burning and I just thought coming to a place like this would give my career a kick-start.
“You can’t help but acknowledge the help these coaches have given to these players and improved them as individuals and as a team.”