Chiefs back-row signs for Saracens

Date published: May 14 2015

Saracens have announced that 2014 Junior World Championship winner and back-row forward Joel Conlon will join the club from Exeter Chiefs.

The Taunton-born player, who lined up against Saracens in this season's LV= Cup final, will join the Saracens Senior Academy in the off-season.

Conlon will be linking up with his former England U20s team-mates Biyi Alo, Nathan Earle, Aaron Morris, Maro Itoje, Henry Taylor, Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Nick Tompkins in the Saracens Senior Academy.

He has made nine appearances for the Sandy Park outfit, and has also played for Championship side Cornish Pirates during his spell with the Chiefs.

"I'm really excited to be moving to Saracens next season. They're a club with a lot of ambition and I can't wait to get started there," said the 21-year-old to the Saracens website.

Saracens Academy Manager, Don Barrell said: "Joel is coming in to be part of our senior academy group who we expect to progress at a good rate into the senior set-up. We're very excited to have him on board.

"We're really happy to get him. He's a hugely talented prospect and I think he has proven that in the games he's played for Exeter. He had a fantastic Junior World Championship campaign for England last summer and we think he's a back rower with a huge amount of potential."