Northampton Saints have announced the signing of scrum-half Tom James from Doncaster Knights ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The 6ft tall No.9 will make the step up to the Gallagher Premiership for the first time in his career, having enjoyed spells with the Knights and Bedford Blues in the Championship, as well as Loughborough Students in National One.
His exploits for the university outfit saw him called up for England Students back in 2016, and since his arrival at Castle Park James has established himself as Doncaster’s first-choice scrum-half – finishing the 2018/19 season as Knights’ top-scorer and adding eight tries in 18 appearances to his tally this season.
The 26-year-old admitted he cannot wait to test himself at the top table of English rugby when he arrives at Franklin’s Gardens this summer.
“The decision to take this opportunity with Northampton Saints and join a Club at the very top level was a no-brainer for me,” he said.
“There’s a great set-up Franklin’s Gardens; the training facilities are excellent and the stadium is one of the best in the country.
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“But most importantly, Saints are a Club with huge ambition and a really impressive group of coaches, so I am confident it is the best place for me to improve as a rugby player.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Chris Boyd, Sam Vesty and the entire group having seen so many young players break through over the last 18 months.”
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Northampton Saints have welcomed more false dawns than most clubs – as highlighted by their misfortune in the transfer market when it comes to exciting signings that ultimately proved disappointing.
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1. Dom Barrow
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