Pisi to join Saints

Ken Pisi will be joining Northampton Saints ahead of the new season.

Pisi, the younger brother of current Saints centre George, has risen rapidly through the Samoan representative ranks over the past few months.

And he is already very excited about moving to the Gardens.

“I want to experience something different,” he said.

“I was impressed by Jim Mallinder and the rest of the Saints coaches and I’ve seen that it is a good environment, has a strong sense of community and is a club which takes care of players.

“Obviously the fact that George is doing well at the club made my decision easier. He’s been enjoying his rugby and told me that the club is well organised with a tight squad, and everything that I’ve seen myself backs that up.

“I like to think that I’m an attacking player, so I think I’ll fit into the style of play.

“The Saints like to use the ball and to attack and are an exciting team to watch.

“I want to fulfil my potential and am looking forward to doing that in the black, green and gold of the Saints.”

The 23-year-old is comfortable in any of the outside back positions and will arrive at the club once Samoa’s international commitments have been completed.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: “We’ve been very excited by what we’ve seen from Ken.

“He is fast and physical and has good rugby awareness and handling skills.

“He is also versatile and can slot into a number of positions, which is important for us as we try to maintain a squad which can compete both in the Premiership and Europe while staying within the salary cap.

“We think that Ken will fit into our style of play and am looking forward to welcoming him to Franklin’s Gardens in the next few weeks.”