London Irish prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is understood to be on his way back to Saints, according to the Northampton Chronicle.
He left Franklin’s Gardens to move to the Exiles in 2016, and has developed into one of the Gallagher Premiership’s finest scrummagers.
BREAKING: Loosehead prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi returns to Northampton Saints as rumoured by us a number of weeks ago.— RugbyInsideLine (@RugbyInsideLine) June 8, 2020
The 26-year-old will now be heading back to Saints, where he will compete with Alex Waller, Francois van Wyk, Nick Auterac and Manny Iyogun for a starting berth.
Prominent at age grade level, having lifted the Junior World Championship with England in 2013 and 2014, Hobbs-Awoyemi was regarded as one of the brightest young props in the country.
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Northampton 2020/21 Transfers
Players in: Nick Auterac (Harlequins), Tom James (Doncaster Knights), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (London Irish, Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Connor Tupai (Promoted from academy), Shaun Adendorff (Aurillac), Ollie Sleightholm (Promoted from academy)
Players out: Ben Franks (retiring), Mitch Eadie (Bristol Bears), Cobus Reinach (Released), Gordon Reid (released), Toby Trinder (released), Michael van Vuuren (Ealing), James Mitchell (Doncaster Knights), Will Davis (Ealing)
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He joined the Saints as a marquee signing for the 2018/19 season but had an injury-disrupted spell which meant the 25-year-old failed to make an impact.
The former Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons lock left Franklin’s Gardens by “mutual consent” in March 2019 after seven uninspiring outings in the black, green and gold.
He officially retired from rugby last month and is now managing director of green technology company Pure-EV