Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have announced the signing of flanker Jamie Gibson from fierce East Midlands rivals the Leicester Tigers for the new season.
The 24 year old, who was a part of the England squad for their summer tour of 2012 without being handed a cap, is one of the most promising players on the fringes of the England team and his signing for the new season means the Jimmies will go into the 2015/16 even stronger.
Gibson started his career with the London Irish before making the move to their domestic rivals the Leicester Tigers in 2013 and has already played over 80 games for the record Premiership champions.
Jim Mallinder, the Director of Rugby at the Northampton Saints said that the player has displayed his calibre at clubs like the London Irish, the Tigers and also with the representative teams of England and it is clear that he has a big future ahead of him.
The Saints boss also said that he is absolutely thrilled that the player has selected his side as his next destination. He mentioned that back row is one of the pivotal areas of the team and although they have some top quality players already in that area, he is sure a player of Jamie Gibson’s class will be able to supplement them with ease.
According to Jim Mallinder, although Gibson has played a lot of games throughout his career, especially with the Leicester Tigers, he is still relatively young and he believes he can go on and improve even more as a player.
Gibson has played for the England team across varying age levels and has also turned out for the England Saxons senior side in a match against the Barbarians in his breakthrough season of 2012.