ALTHOUGH the full senior squad only return to training next Wednesday, new boss Nathan Brown has already got to work - working long hours in preparation for his first year at Saints.

Although the younger members of the squad began training last Monday, Brown will meet his entire squad for the first time on Wednesday – and then the hard work begins.

It is not just the players on the fringes of the first team squad who have started back, some senior first team players have returned early, with scrum half Jonny Lomax back on the paddock to work on his kicking game with master tactician Tommy Martyn.

With no Saints players on international duty for the first time in a number of years, the whole squad will be back in the fold together by next week.