James Haskell to join Northampton on one-year deal
Last Updated: 14/05/18 11:10am
Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of England international James Haskell for next season on a one-year deal.
The 77-times England-capped forward is the seventh close-season signing to arrive at Franklin's Gardens ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The 33-year-old made over 200 appearances during a 12-year career with Wasps and has also played for Stade Francais, Ricoh Black Rams and the Highlanders.
"I'm really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints," said Haskell.
"Having had the opportunity to play against them for many years now, I know this is a club with a proud history and a set of passionate and loyal supporters who always make their presence felt."
Haskell was also a member of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand last year and played against a Hurricanes side led by Saints' new director of rugby Chris Boyd.
Haskell added: "It's no secret that I want to continue my international career for as long as possible; the only way I can do that is by putting my best foot forward in club rugby and helping Saints fight their way back into contention for silverware.
"There's a real buzz around Franklin's Gardens at the moment with the arrival of Chris Boyd, a new coaching team being put in place and a number of top-quality players also joining the squad. I can't wait to get started in black, green and gold."
Boyd said: "Not only is he a superb leader with bags of experience at the very highest level, but James is clearly still extremely hungry to win trophies in club and international rugby."
Meanwhile, Wasps have announced the signing of Charlie Matthews from Premiership rivals Harlequins.
The 26-year-old second-row forward moves to the Ricoh Arena having made 163 appearances for Quins following his debut in 2009.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told his club's official website: "Despite still being relatively young, Charlie has plenty of Premiership and European experience under his belt.
"He is a proven operator who has performed well against us on a number of occasions."