Over the past few years the chants of "Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!" have echoed around Franklin's Gardens with increasing regularity. The Saints past club captain is certainly one of the supporters' favourites, as much for his approachability and affability off the pitch as his committed approach on it.
After taking a few months to acclimatise to the rigours of the Guinness Premiership following his arrival midway through the 2003/04 season, Bruce's qualities soon shone brightly. His first full season saw him score 15 tries and win the Premiership Overseas Player of the Year and PRA Players' Player of the Year awards, together with the accolade of Chronicle and Echo Saints Player of the Year.
Over the next few years Bruce took over the reins as captain as well as take over the goal kicking duties. The points soon racked up - the 1,000 point mark is looming - as did the appearances: all being well Bruce should pass the 200-appearance mark in 2010/11.
This landmark would already have been achieved were it not for a serious knee injury sustained early in the 2006/07 season. Although Bruce returned before the end of the campaign he couldn't stop the club being relegated. However he vowed to lead the Saints back into the Guinness Premiership, something he did in style and his second Saints Player of the Year award was well deserved.
However midway through 2008/09 Bruce was on the replacements' bench. He took this on the chin, worked hard and was soon back in the team and playing some of the best rugby of his Saints career, culminating in lifting the European Challenge Cup in May 2009.