Adam Hammill again underlined his fantastic potential with a second half hat-trick as Saints crushed Svarstad 12-0 last night.

Hammill, one of two Saints outfield players to play the full 90 minutes, fired his three goals in the space of 33 minutes and Marek Saganowski added three more inside 20 second half minutes.

Two goals from Grzegorz Rasiak and one each from Mario Licka, David McGoldrick, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Andrew Surman completed the dozen.

You could almost feel the excitement around the Saints staff at the prospect of Hammill lining up week in week out for the club next season.

The 19-year-old, signed on a season long loan at Liverpool, showed his versatility by playing the first half on the right of midfield and the second on the left and was equally effective in both positions.

His natural ability to play wide on either side meant he was able to cut in or go on the outside and take on the full back on the left or the right and, despite having said when he joined he needs to work on his goalscoring, there was little evidence of any problems last night.

Saints boss George Burley said: "Adam's a boy that's got ability.

"Liverpool let us have him for a season to progress his career and so far he looks very talented.

"He wants to listen, he's hungry to do well and he can score goals as he showed.

"I'm pleased to get him to give us a little bit extra".

Hammill wasn't the only man to hit a treble with Polish striker Saganowski also scoring three - all in the space of 20 minutes.

But Burley still feels Saganowski needs to get fitter before the start of the season.

"He still doesn't look the sharpest to me at the moment," he said.

"He's come back having missed a bit of training during the summer and there's still a bit of work to be done.

"We have five cracking strikers to choose from".

Burley also gave run-outs to trialists Tamas Vasko and Gregory Vignal.

Vasko's league season in Bulgaria starts on Saturday so he will return home shortly while Saints mull over whether to make a move for him but Vignal will play tomorrow night.

"He plays a league game on Saturday so he's going back tomorrow," said Burley of Vasko.

"Gregory Vignal will go back on Thursday and that will give us another chance to see him tomorrow".

Burley is still looking to strengthen his squad but insisted nothing was happening at the moment.

He did, however, deny reports that Saints had made a bid for Sam Sodje.