DOM WALDOUCK says Saints’ pre-season preparations have carried ‘extra spice’ to what he was used to at Wasps.
Waldouck ended his long association with the Adams Park side last month as he moved to Northampton in search of silverware.
He has since been subjected to Nick Johnston’s brutal training regime as the Saints squad bid to be the fittest in the Premiership.
And the 24-year-old centre admits life under Johnston has been like nothing he has experienced before.
“It’s been tough,” said Waldouck. “Pre-season is always a tough time for any rugby player and there seems to be a little bit of extra spice here at the Saints.
“It’s been a challenge but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Waldouck will battle it out for one of the centre spots at Saints this season, facing competition from the likes of George Pisi, Luther Burrell and Tom May.
And the England Saxons man, who won the Heineken Cup with Wasps in 2007, admits he faces a tough task to break into his new club’s first 15.
“There’s plenty of quality throughout the squad and that’s one of the main reasons I came here,” said Waldouck.
“I felt I needed a new challenge, a fresh start, and where better to get that than at one of the top clubs in the country - in the Heineken Cup and competing for the top trophies.
“There are world class players everywhere you look in the changing room and an increasing strength in depth.
“It’s certainly going to be a test to get one of those starting shirts but it’s a challenge I’m keen on and I’ll be giving it my all every time I step onto the pitch.”