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Fisher seals Saints switch

Northampton Saints have signed former London Irish flanker Jon Fisher ahead of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

England Under-20s graduate Fisher missed the second half of last term with persistent concussion trouble, but has since completed a successful trial with league champions Northampton.

The 25-year-old loose-forward has trained with the Saints all summer, stepping in as cover for the injured Sam Dickinson, who is recovering from neck surgery.

Fisher is just Northampton's second recruit of the summer after half-back Joel Hodgson moved south from Newcastle Falcons.

"Jon is a talented player who will give us depth across the back row," said Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder.

"He has worked hard throughout our pre-season training, putting in plenty of effort in both conditioning and rugby sessions.

"More importantly he has shown that he has the determination to play and succeed here at Franklin's Gardens, and we were delighted to offer him this contract."

Northampton start the defence of their Premiership title by hosting a new-look Gloucester outfit, now led by rugby director David Humphreys, at Franklin's Gardens on Friday night.

Admitting his delight at securing his deal, Fisher said: "I've had a great time at the Saints this summer, working with a superb group of coaches and outstanding players.

"I had no hesitation in accepting Jim's offer to join the squad full-time and am looking forward to helping the Saints maintain their place at the top of English rugby."

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