FORMER Saints Grand Final winner Martin Gleeson has joined England rugby union as attack coach.

Eddie Jones has moved to plug one of the gaps on his staff created by Simon Amor's departure in the wake of a dismal Six Nations.

Gleeson joined Saints from Huddersfield in 2001 and was a fine runner of the ball with excellent footwork, eye for the gap and a good slipper of the ball.

He won the Grand Final with Ian Millward's Saints in 2002 - scoring a try at Old Trafford against Bradford Bulls - and the Challenge Cup against Wigan in 2004.

However, he was sold to Warrington before that year was out after being banned for betting on a game he was playing in when Millward sent a weak team to Bradford.

After leaving Warrington he went on to win another Grand Final with Wigan in 2010 and played for Great Britain and England.

He joins the England set-up from Wasps where he has been in charge of the attack since 2019.

He starts work on Monday and his arrival means that defence coach Mitchell is able to move in the opposite direction in advance of the autumn.

"We are building a coaching team to win the 2023 World Cup. We have five campaigns to go before then so every appointment from here on in is very important," Jones said.

"We're starting with Martin as attack coach. He's a bright young rugby coach with experience at the highest level in league, so he will add significant power to the team.

"He's done extremely well with Wasps and he will come in and build on the good work that Simon Amor started with us. I look forward to welcoming him to the coaching team."

Jones, who oversaw the attack for last month's Tests against the USA and Canada, is still looking for new defence and skills coaches.