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Dickson praises Saints squad depth

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Despite being without several key international players, the Saints’ number nine is in no doubt that the squad will continue to cope well and impress.

"I think that’s the beauty of this squad," Dickson told the Saints podcast. "It’s brilliant for Luther [Burrell] and Dylan [Hartley] going away with England and George [North] going with Wales.

"But the likes of Tom Stephenson, Sam Olver and Mikey Haywood are amazing Premiership players looking for further honours at such a young age. It's been a real chance for them to fill their boots.

"Big reps for Tom Stephenson who’s really come on well in the last year and he’s had a lot of opportunities with Luther being away. Stepho’s really strong defensively as well as in attack so it’s going to be a nice battle when Luther returns."

While things have been going well for the Saints in recent weeks, Dickson adds that no one at the club is in a complacent mood.

"We know as a group of players how quickly it can all switch around if we’re not right. We’ve got to make sure we prepare every week for every game. That’s the culture that we have. No one will allow you to slip off because we want to win every game and get that momentum going in to semi-finals and - hopefully - finals.

“We’re in a very good place, but now it’s about what we do to get better and what we do to keep striving to be the best.

“That starts this weekend at Gloucester. They’re a completely different side to when we played them at the start of the season – they’ve had a chance to gel and it’s going to be a hard fought game.

“We have to make sure we are spot on.”

Saints play Gloucester at Kingsholm this Saturday. Coverage starts at 3pm on BT Sport and you can also follow the game at www.saintslive.co.uk.