Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder is pleased with the start former Stags player James Wilson has made to his career in the English premiership.
Mallinder told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo that Wilson had impressed despite arriving late in the preseason and was in line to replace Ben Foden, who has been ruled out for about 12 weeks with major ankle ligament damage.
Wilson could make his debut against Worcester this weekend.
"James travelled with the first team last weekend and he's been waiting for his chance," Mallinder said.
"I'm really pleased with him. He joined us a little bit late in pre-season but in the games he played he was very, very good and held his hand up. He's one of those who will be wanting to play and get some game time at the weekend."
Wilson played 66 games and scored 254 points for Southland before leaving at the end of last season, initially to play for French second division club Burgoin.
- The Southland Times