Northampton fans

Northampton fans

Northampton have moved quickly to strengthen their wing resources by signing Noah Cato from Saracens for the start of next season.

Cato told the club’s website: “Northampton is one of the best clubs in the Premiership in terms of match-day atmosphere.

“Saints have a competitive team and it will be exciting to be involved in that. Playing in a back three with two England players will be exciting.

‘Saracens has been a good place for me to learn and I’m leaving without any bad memories. My experiences there have certainly helped shape me as a person,” he added.

“But I also believe that it is time for me to kick on and hopefully establish myself at the Saints next season.

“I’m looking forward to working with all the coaches at Franklin’s Gardens, and I’m sure that with their help I can develop my game and hopefully help the team continue improving as well.”

Northampton’s director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: “Noah has shown his abilities and potential for several seasons, both at club level and with England Under-20s and the Saxons,” he said.

“He can play both on the wing and at full back, and has pace and skill with the ball in hand. He is certainly an excellent prospect who will bring something good to our squad as we continue to build for the future.”