Northampton have signed Glenn Dickson and Rob Verbakel from Otago
Last Updated: 19/04/13 9:28pm
Otago duo Glenn Dickson and Rob Verbakel are to join Northampton Saints for the 2013/14 campaign.
The versatile Dickson, who is renowned for his excellent goal-kicking, and second row forward Verbakel, both played a prominent role for the Otago side who reached the 2012 ITM Cup final.
But they will be coming to the Premiership next season and Dickson, who is comfortable at fly-half and centre, says he is looking forward to the switch, having signed a two-year contract.
"I'm extremely excited by the opportunity to come and play in the Premiership at a great team like the Saints," he said.
"It's got a good track history and I've heard a lot of great things about the club. And, after having had a look around, I can see that it's a good place.
"I'm expecting the Premiership to be really tough and physical every single game. To try and get onto the pitch for the Saints will be a challenge in itself, but I'm looking forward to it."
Verbakel has a spell at Glasgow under his belt and he said: "I'm well aware of
the Saints from my time at Glasgow and I'm looking forward to being a part of their squad and playing alongside some top players.
One of the best packs in Europe
"They have a reputation for having one of the best packs in Europe and I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot. But they also like to play expansive rugby when they get a chance and have plenty of ambition.
"It's going to be an exciting move for me and I can't wait to get started."
Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder is delighted with the new acquisitions.
"We are always looking to improve and add more depth to our squad, and we believe that Glenn and Rob can excel in our Aviva Premiership, European and Anglo-Welsh campaigns," he said.
"Both players have experience playing in a successful team in a tough competition and we have been impressed by what we have seen. They will be able to add an extra dimension to how we play.
"We're very happy that they have chosen to come to the Saints and are looking forward to them joining us in the summer."