Jim Mallinder says Jon Fisher will add real strength to the Saints squad after making a successful return from injury.
The flanker put in an impressive performance in Saturday’s LV= Cup semi-final defeat at Saracens.
It was his first game time since recovering from a foot injury sustained at Scarlets in early November.
And Mallinder was delighted to have the powerful 26-year-old back in action.
“Jon’s been out a long time but I thought he made a really good contribution,” said the Saints director of rugby.
“We took him off because his legs were going a little bit as it was his first game back, but he’ll play a lot more games this season and really add to the squad.”
Fisher was taken off 15 minutes into the second half with Alex Corbisiero, who took a bang to the shoulder, also replaced.
But Mallinder has allayed fears over the England prop’s early withdrawal.
“That was just a bit of a stinger so no problem there,” he said.
“We got quite a lot on cuts on that (artificial) surface but generally the lads are fine, just disappointed.”
Jon’s been out a long time but I thought he made a really good contributionSaints director of rugby Jim Mallinder
Corbisiero supported his boss’s claims that the injury was nothing serious.
He tweeted: “Was a tough 1 to lose today.. Need to play for full 80! Shoulder is fine. Gr8 2 see @JonathanFisher6 back out there!”