Northampton have further strengthened their stocks with the signing of Rotherham prop Gareth Denman.
The 22-year-old has Premiership experience having turned out for Leeds before moving on to Rotherham from where he heads to Franklin's Gardens.
"The Championship is one of the toughest leagues to play in if you're a front row forward, and Gareth will have learned a lot very quickly over the past couple of years," commented Saints boss Jim Mallinder.
"We believe that Gareth is ready to make the step up to Aviva Premiership level, and that he has the ability to be successful at Franklin's Gardens over the next few years."
Not surprisingly Denman was quick to admit his excitement at securing the switch.
"It's a great opportunity and I'm glad to get back into the professional environment at a club like Northampton," he said.
"I'm going to get my head down and work hard. The Championship is a tough league and my game has come along a lot just by playing, but the Premiership is another step up altogether and I've got a lot to learn.
"You look at how the likes of Brian Mujati and Tom Mercey have developed over the past few years, and I hope to follow in their footsteps, learning from the coaches and other players at Franklin's Gardens."