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Saints sign Luke Eves on short term deal
BRISTOL – Northampton Saints has announced that they have signed 26 year old centre Luke Eves on a free after his release from the from Bristol.
Eves, who has reportedly signed a six month deal is cover for the upcoming Rugby World Cup which will see Northampton lose a large number of players to the England squad.
Eves made 122 appearances for Bristol and has also made 48 appearances for Premiership side Newcastle Falcons. Therefore the incoming centre is not short of experience and will no doubt be an asset to Northampton if he can remain fit.
The six month deal allows Northampton to have adequate cover in the centre position but also allows Eves to showcase his undeniable talent with the former Premiership champions.
Seemingly it’s a win win for both parties as it allows freedom in the future. When these six months are up/coming to an end, the club and player can assess the situation. It allows Saints to either extend the deal or for Eves to find another club.
With it being a World Cup year it wouldn’t be alien to see more of these sorts of deals as there are still a few free agents around and clubs that will be desperate to fill certain positions.
This deal is similar to that of Ahsee Tuala last year who signed for Saints on a short deal – now he has re-signed this term and is readily available if Ben Foden is needed for the World Cup. The Saints are no strangers to good business and this seems no different with Eves.
It remains to be seen what other deals are announced in the coming weeks, but there a sure to be a few announced with the biggest tournament in rugby union fast approaching.