Huge news came out of Northampton last week when it was announced that Welsh legend Dan Biggar will leave the club after 5 years.
Although Biggar is unsure of what his next steps will be, it seems as though the club has wasted no time in choosing his successor, as Saints have announced the signing of current Worcester Warriors fly-half, Fin Smith.
Saying it is big shoes to fill would be an understatement, but nevertheless the rugby community seems to think Northampton have picked up a real gem in Smith.
Fin is in.
We are excited to confirm the signing of England U20 star @finsmithh on a multi-year deal ✍️
The fly-half arrives at the Gardens with immediate effect.
➡️ https://t.co/eLNvBEGFJY pic.twitter.com/gS9zAo4Uoh
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) October 10, 2022
In recent seasons, the No.10 has been tipped to become one of the hottest prospects in rugby, and Northampton are hoping he will live up to such expectations.
Big things to come for @WorcsWarriors' Fin Smith 💫#GallagherPrem pic.twitter.com/VIZxuhteiX
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) June 6, 2022
The signing is being described as a ‘multi year’ deal and in all honesty has been one of the worst kept secrets in rugby. It has been rumoured for quite some time that Saints were interested in Smith and this was only heightened by the exchange he had with Dan Biggar last season.
Last October, Fin Smith received words of encouragement from Dan Biggar.
Now, Smith and Biggar are team-mates at @SaintsRugby 😇#GallagherPrempic.twitter.com/MSdnCNJUCK
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 10, 2022
Smith has been a regular in the England U-20 side and was instrumental in Worcester Warriors Premiership Rugby Cup win last season.
On the move, Saints head coach Phil Dowson told the BBC “Fin is definitely a player who has been on our radar for a long time,”
“He is someone that always takes the ball to the line, makes good decisions from an attacking point of view, has a bit of flair about him with an offloading game, and is incredibly brave and tough in defence.
“If you put that sort of skillset together with that attitude, you’ve got a really high-potential player who is really keen to compete – but at the age of just 20 he’s got a lot of learning and growing to do as well.”