There may still be plenty of rugby still to be played during the remainder of the current campaign, but attention has also turned to next season, with excitement building among Saints supporters ahead of the arrival of players such as George North, Kahn Fotuali'i and Alex Corbisiero.
Already 1,200 supporters have shown their commitment and belief in the club's future by taking advantage of the Saints' first ever direct debit scheme. Like them, Season Ticket Holders who book their place at Franklin's Gardens for 2013/14 will be able to take advantage of another year of frozen prices.
This means that a season of Aviva Premiership, Heineken Cup and Anglo-Welsh rugby will cost the same in 2013 as it did in 2009, with prices starting from just £158* for juniors, £169* for concessions and £281* for adults, representing an average saving of 30 percent on the standard match-by-match ticket price.
The price freeze is despite a coming year of record investment by the club into the playing effort. Not only have the likes of North, Fotuali'i, Corbisiero and Salesi Ma'afu been added to the squad for 2013/14, but the Saints also have six of the Grand Slam-winning England Under-20 squad on their books and are bringing Alex King back into English rugby from Heineken Cup finalists Clermont Auvergne as part of Jim Mallinder's coaching group.
Benefits of being a Saints Season Ticket Holder include:
GUARANTEED ENTRY into all 16 home Aviva Premiership Rugby, Heineken Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures to be held during the 2013/14 season, plus the home pre-season friendly against Edinburgh
GREAT SAVINGS of an average of 30 percent compared to standard ticket prices
FREE ENTRY into all home Wanderers and Academy fixtures
PRIORITY BOOKING on any knockout fixtures and season car parking passes
BOOKING ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL TICKETS in advance
FREE MEMBERSHIP of the Saints Savers Club, saving you cash at a wide range of local businesses
DISCOUNT at the Saints Superstore
FREE members' only year bar
FREE Bernie's Gang membership for Under-12s
RENEWAL RIGHTS, meaning you can keep the same seat year after year
This year the club is also introducing a brand new partnership with StubHub, and - in response to continued demand - bringing back a re-vamped and much improved 1st XV Club.
StubHub gives Season Ticket Holders the opportunity not just to re-sell their ticket should they not be able to attend a game, but also to purchase genuine tickets at face value for a wide variety of events across the globe, including concerts, nights at the theatre and those must-see sporting occasions.
Seller can list their tickets for free, set their price and get paid for all sales they complete as promised. Meanwhile should they choose to purchase through their website, StubHub guarantees that Season Ticket Holders will receive valid tickets in time for the event in question, or will otherwise provide comparable replacements or a refund. StubHub also handles all customer service issues for both buyers and sellers.
Registering for SubHub is absolutely free and very straightforward to do; all of the information is in the Season Ticket brochure.
Over the past few years the club has received considerable amounts of correspondence asking when the 1st XV Club would be returning, and to meet this demand an outstanding package has been put together, including:
EXCLUSIVE OPTA MATCH STATS, as delivered to the coaches, sent directly to your email inbox on the Monday after a Saints game
JOINING GIFT, which this year will be a scarf
FREE ENTRY for two people into nine events to be held during the 2013/14 season (one per month), such as a Meet The New Players evening and an end-of-season barbeque with the squad. Should tickets become available for any of these events they will be made available to Season Ticket Holders at a discounted rate
AUTOMATIC ENTRY into a prize draw every home game, with prizes including the shirt off your chosen player's back, a place on an Away Day Special, and the chance to raid the club's kit room
UNIQUE DESIGN for your Season Card
Membership of the 1st XV Club will be strictly limited to 250 people, with the £250 subscriptions able to be paid either in full now or through 10 direct debit payments.
Chief executive Allan Robson says that there is plenty to be excited about ahead of 2013/14.
"Within the club we are genuinely excited about next season and we believe that our supporters are, too," he commented. "We've worked hard to bring some genuinely world class players to Franklin's Gardens who will all add something to the talent which is already here.
"We will also be welcoming Alex King to the coaching group, someone who won everything there is to win at club level and who has been developing himself as a coach at Clermont Auvergne, who of course are in the Heineken Cup final in a few weeks.
"In putting our 2013/14 package together we have taken plenty of time to consider what can bring added value to our supporters, which is why we have replaced the Flexi-Plan scheme - which had an added cost whether it was used or not - with a partnership with StubHub, which is free to register and brings many more opportunities for Season Ticket Holders who sign up.
"We're also delighted to be bringing the 1st XV Club back. Over the past few years we've been asked time and again when it would be returning, but we only wanted to do so when we were able to deliver something which we were proud of. We are now in a position to do just that, and believe that the package is something which will really bring something extra to the Club's membership during the next year.
"We know we have plenty of rugby still to play this May - hopefully three more games - but we also have to have one eye on the future, and are looking forward to seeing thousands and thousands of loyal Season Ticket Holders pack Franklin's Gardens to give the team their wholehearted support in 2013/14!"
*Prices increase by £20 on June 1st, 2013