Saracens full-back Alex Goode revealed "it’s awesome" to be back at the club he loves ahead of his first Championship start against Coventry on Saturday. 

The 33-year-old has returned to the UK after a loan stint at Japanese side NEC Green Rockets and with him in the side second-place Sarries are aiming to record their eighth consecutive bonus point win.

Goode came off the bench in the 69-12 thumping of Ampthill last time out but will regain his customary 15 jersey in one of five changes for the trip to the West Midlands, with a reduced crowd of 1,400 fans set to attend Butts Park Arena.  

The England international said: “To be back with the club I love is awesome.

“I’m really happy to be able to give something towards the cause, even if it’s just the last few games wherever is needed or possible.

“It’s just a great feeling to be back amongst the guys.

“Every time we step out on the field there are non-negotiables as a Saracens player and Saturday is no different. 

“You go out there to do a job, prepare properly beforehand, give everything and work extremely hard for the team.”

Winger Alex Lewington returns to join Goode in the back three with tighthead prop Alec Clarey replacing suspended South African World Cup winner Vincent Koch. 

Scotland lock Tim Swinson and promising young flanker Sean Reffell, 22, also come into the pack.

Mark McCall’s men have taken maximum points since losing their opening fixture away at Cornish Pirates and are just five points behind pace setters Ealing Trailfinders with a game in hand.

Sarries are looking to secure a spot in the two-legged play-off final between the league’s top two in which a win would secure their return to the Premiership at the first time of asking after they were demoted for multiple salary cap breaches. 

England skipper Owen Farrell captains the side and is joined by four fellow British and Irish Lions in Elliot Daly, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje.

Fifth-place Coventry are set to provide a stern test for Saracens’ star-studded line-up with Rowland Winter’s men on a run of four wins in five. 

A convincing 34-19 victory over Jersey Reds last weekend helped establish a 10-point cushion over Ampthill in sixth spot. 

And with home fans cheering his side on for the first time in 15 months, director of rugby Winter is hoping the supporters can propel Coventry to a huge upset.

He said: “Hopefully the crowd will be our 16th man. We can show them what playing away in the Championship is really like.

“I am sure we will need that support at times. I am sure they've got 15 months' worth of noise stored up to hit Saracens with as well.”