Sale lock Michael Paterson to join Northampton at start of next season
Last Updated: 18/02/15 1:11pm
Northampton have confirmed highly-rated Sale lock Michael Paterson will join the club for the 2015/2016 season.
The 29-year-old, who previously played for the Crusaders, the Hurricanes and Cardiff Blues, was selected by England to face the Barbarians in the summer of 2014.
Saints head coach Jim Mallinder said: “Michael has proven himself to be a quality player wherever he has been.
He is an excellent signing for us and will add to our options in the pack, which is an important area of the team.
“He has earned recognition from national selectors, supporters and players alike for the consistently high levels of performance and commitment in the jersey.
“He is an excellent signing for us and will add to our options in the pack, which is an important area of the team.”
Paterson is equally enthusiastic over the switch to Franklin’s Gardens.
“I'm very excited to be joining Northampton Saints this summer,” he said. “It is a club that has achieved a lot of success over the last few years.
"After meeting with the coaches and management, it was clear to see the ambition and professional standards of the club.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, and continuing the development of my rugby in such a highly competitive team.
“I have very much enjoyed my time with Sale and will leave knowing that I gave my all every time I pulled on the jersey. I'm grateful for the opportunity Steve Diamond has given me, and I thank all the players, management and fans for their continued support.
“In the meantime, my priorities still remain with Sale, getting back on the pitch and playing my part in the lead up to the playoffs."