Known as the ‘heartbeat’ of the Saints’ side, Lee Dickson has become a real favourite during his seven seasons at Franklins Gardens and an England international to boot.
Tempo is the scrum-half’s forte and his consistency of performance has been vital in arguably the Saints’ most successful era.
It has been an interesting and healthy battle between ‘Dicko’ and Kahn Foutali’i, the world class Samoan seemingly bringing the best of Lee - relieving some of the pressure of previous seasons in the process.
This added drive and determination caught the attention of England coach Stuart Lancaster and Lee started in all three 2013 Autumn internationals before being a regular in the 2014 Six Nations.
Born in Germany to an English mother and Scottish father, Lee represented Scotland Under-19 and then England Under-21 while playing for Newcastle Falcons before moving in behind the Saints pack in 2008.
Only Stephen Myler and club captain Dylan Hartley have made more first team appearances in the current squad and he has also featured in eight cup finals, including both the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup double 2014.
Lee was also a try scorer as the Saints won the LV= Cup for the first time in 2010, showing his hunger for the big games by going over the whitewash again in the 2013 Premiership final.