Ross McMillan had to wait a while for his chance to shine in the Premiership for the Saints, but one he got it, boy did he take it.
While maintaining an impressive lineout throw success of over 80% for the season, McMillan also contributed sizeably around the park with a tackling rate at times akin to that of a back five forward.
After making his first Aviva Premiership start against Saracens in April, he found himself in the starting line up a week later against London Irish and in the Amlin Cup quarter and semi-finals.
Ross arrived at Franklin's Gardens midway through the 2011/12 season as a trialist. The former England Under-21 international had played at Nottingham, Gloucester, Moseley, Coventry and Birmingham and Solihull before joining the Saints.
While playing in the Championship, Ross spent time working as a beef and sheep farmer, carrying out strenuous shifts before making his way to training.
His work off the field does not stop there, McMillan named Clubman of the Month at the Saints during the 2013/14 in acknowledgement of his commitment to ongoing charity work.
He would go on to add the Steffans Player of the Month gong in April, too, after playing a vital role in the Saints’ run to three finals.