Saints have announced the signing of America No.8 Cam Dolan as injury dispensation for James Craig.
With lock Craig set to be out for a number of months after dislocating his shoulder in last month’s LV= Cup win over Gloucester, Dolan will fill the gap.
The 23-year-old, who stands at 6ft 6in tall, has been impressing for his country in recent times, in the same squad as Saints star Samu Manoa.
Dolan recently joined Manoa on the scoresheet in America’s win over Russia at Allianz Park and Northampton boss Jim Mallinder is looking forward to welcoming the new man.
“We’ve kept a close eye on Cam for a while and have been impressed by what we’ve seen,” said Mallinder.
“He’s a player who has a lot of natural talent and the physical attributes it takes to succeed, something he showed during the Autumn internationals and against the Maori.
“Although the American league is developing all the time it is a big step up to the professional environment of the Premiership and we’re not expecting Cam to be the finished article immediately.
“It has been sad to see James Craig ruled out for a while with his shoulder injury, but it has also given us the opportunity to bring Cam in and see how he develops over the next few months.”