It’s been confirmed that England and Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe is joining Northampton Saints on a year-long loan for the 2020/21 campaign.
The news was announced to 1,000 supporters during Wednesday evening’s online season ticket holders’ forum, which involved Saints boss Chris Boyd, CEO Mark Darbon and chairman John White.
An official club announcement on the Isiekwe signing is expected early on Thursday morning.
The lock made his Saracens debut aged 18 and a mere year later was earning his first international cap for England.
Prior to that, he plied his trade at Old Albanian before joining the Sarries Academy and represented his country from Under-16 to Under-20 level.
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Trialling many positions in that time, Isiekwe was tried at prop, centre, back row and lock – his height dictating the latter would be the preferred outcome.
The Hemel Hempstead-born forward’s breakthrough season for the Men in Black came in 2017/18 after making his international debut on England’s tour of Argentina. His consistent performances led to a starting role in the Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs which ended victorious.
Isiekwe has already featured over 50 times for his boyhood club, but will leave this summer following their relegation.
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