Bath have announced the surprise loan signing of hooker Brett Sharman, who was released by Saints just four weeks ago due to a ‘long-standing knee injury’.
Sharman has been drafted in on a short-term deal to act as cover for first-choice No.2 Rob Webber.
The South African had been embroiled in a Twitter controversy towards the end of his Saints career after posting a racist comment about Team GB Olympic hero Mo Farah.
Sharman later removed it and apologised, before deleting his account on the social networking site.
Saints later released the 25-year-old, citing the knee problem and claiming there was ‘no immediate prospect of Sharman returning to full fitness’.
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said at the time: “It is always a shame when someone’s contract comes to an end in these circumstances.
“Brett has contributed a lot to the squad in his time at Franklin’s Gardens and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Sharman added: “I’ve enjoyed my time at the Saints. It is a great club with good people and I am sure that there will be major success coming to Franklin’s Gardens sooner rather than later.
“The players, management and supporters all deserve that and I wish them every success.”
But Sharman, who is still being investigated by the police for the tweet about Farah, could now get another crack at the Premiership with Bath.