SAINTS international loose forward Morgan Knowles has returned to training.

Knowles has not featured this year after needing a repair on off-season surgery.

Scans last week revealed that the thumb has now healed and he has returned to training with the squad ahead of joining in contact work in the coming weeks.

Coach Kristian Woolf said: "“Morgan had some really good news recently.

"His thumb has completely healed and is ready to go so he has started to do some training with the squad and in the next week or two he will start doing a little bit of contact.

“He is certainly not too far away from playing again for us.”