Key man Courtney Lawes Best signing Dan Biggar Rising star James Grayson
Best-case scenario Taqele Naiyaravoro finishes as the Premiership top try scorer after a sensational debut campaign, while Dan Biggar takes Northampton up a level and the club, under former Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd, make the play-offs.
Worst-case scenario There are no fireworks, more of a steady rebuild under Boyd in his first season, which sees Northampton narrowly miss out on the Champions Cup places and finish the season adrift. BC
Ins Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Taqele Naiyaravoro (NSW Waratahs), Will Davis (Ealing Trailfinders), Ben Franks (London Irish), Dom Barrow (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (Wasps), Andy Symons (Gloucester), Matt Worley (Racing 92),
Charlie Davies (Dragons), Andrew Kellaway (NSW Waratahs), Joe Gray (Harlequins)
Outs George North (Ospreys) Sam Dickinson (Ealing Trailfinders), Nic Groom (Lions), Stephen Myler (London Irish), Tom Stephenson (London Irish), Jordan Onojaife (Ealing Trailfinders), Charlie Clare (Bedford Blues), Matt Beesley (Ealing Trailfinders), Campese Ma’afu (Leicester Tigers), Ben Nutley (Coventry), Christian Day, Rob Horne (both retired), Kieran Brookes (Wasps), Juan Pablo Estelles (Atletico del Rosario), Ben Foden, Michael Paterson (both released), Jamie Elliott (Bedford Blues)
Catalyst: Saints hope Dan Biggar can improve the team