Powell heads to Saints
Northampton sign Worcester scrum-half
Last Updated: 27/04/10 10:58am
Powell: Joining the Saints
Northampton have bolstered their scrum-half options for next season by signing Ryan Powell from Worcester.
"I jumped at the chance of joining Northampton. It was a great honour to be asked and I was over the moon."
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Powell, who has been capped three times by Wales and captained the A team, has made 78 appearances for the Warriors since his debut in 2006.
And the 29-year-old, who has also played for Cardiff Blues, admitted he had no hesitation about joining the Saints.
"I jumped at the chance of joining Northampton," said Powell. "It was a great honour to be asked and I was over the moon. Everything about the Saints is great, in my opinion. They've got a 'never-say-die' attitude and know where the try line is, and their style of play is hard to defend against.
"Worcester have got a great fan base and set-up, but when I came to the Saints to chat with Jim and the coaches it was clear that they want to move forward and push on as a club to try and be one of the best teams in England and in Europe.
"It could be an exciting future and is a big reason why I signed. Playing on the pitch is like playing on a bowling green, and the support for the Saints gives the stadium a great buzz. Playing for them, I imagine, is going to be magnificent."
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes Powell's experience will offer vital strength-in-depth to his squad.
"Ryan has pace, technical ability and experience, all of which will be useful as we prepare for another challenging season," he said.
"He has shown over the years that he is a consistent performer who has played at all levels of the game, including internationals and the Heineken Cup.
"Ryan will certainly bring more quality and strength in depth and the competition for places will increase the standards in the squad."