Saints buoyed by Isiekwe deal

28 May 2020 21:27:58 GMTPlus10

Northampton's director of rugby Chris Boyd is excited to see what Nick Isiekwe can bring to the Saints next season.

It was announced on Thursday that Saracens lock Isiekwe had signed a new four-year deal with the Premiership champions but will join Northampton on loan for the 2020-21 season.

The 22-year-old forward is one of a number of players leaving Sarries on a temporary or permanent basis after their relegation to the second-tier Championship next season was confirmed earlier this year.

Isiekwe has spent his whole career with Saracens and is a product of the club's academy.

He made his debut as an 18-year-old against Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and has become a regular presence in Saracens' first-team since.

Isiekwe, who can play at lock or in the back row, has played 86 games for Sarries in all competitions and appeared in both the Premiership and European Champions Cup finals last season.

The 22-year-old has also made three international appearances for England, making his debut on the Red Rose's tour of Argentina in 2017.

Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle, Saints chief Boyd said he was delighted to secure the services of the rising star for next season.

"We’re very excited to bring in Nick for a season at Franklin’s Gardens," he said. "We had a unique opportunity to welcome one of the rising stars of English rugby to our group.

“Nick will add competition across both the engine room and the back row.

"He is still a young player but will bring significant Premiership, European and Test experience, as well as some real power, to our pack."

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