Northampton Saints sign Wales star Dan Biggar ahead of next season

Dan Biggar will join Northampton Saints next summer. Photo by Simon King - CameraSport via Getty Images

Northampton Saints have announced the signing of Wales star Dan Biggar ahead of next season.

Fly-half Biggar, who toured with the 2017 British & Irish Lions, has won 56 caps for Wales and will arrive at the Saints next summer after completing the current season with the Ospreys.

"We're delighted to have secured the signature of such a highly-rated player," Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said. "Dan has shown his excellence year in, year out, for both the Ospreys and Wales, and he performed really well for the Lions this summer.

"The fact that he has put pen to paper a year in advance shows that Dan has plenty of belief in where we are going as a club and our ambitions for the future and we're looking forward to welcoming him here next summer."

The signing is quite a coup for Northampton and he joins a club who currently have England's Piers Francis and Stephen Myler on their books. Biggar has excelled for Wales, playing in both the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, and his form earned him a place on the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand where he played five times.

For Biggar, the move sees him leave the regional system, but he reiterated his commitment to playing for Wales once he arrives at the Saints.

"It's extremely exciting to start a new chapter of my career with a club that shares my ambition to win trophies, which is where this club belongs," Biggar said.

"I would like to thank everyone at the Ospreys and the Welsh Rugby Union who has supported and helped me throughout my career and an extra special thank you to the fans who have helped and supported me through highs and lows. To play for my home club was a dream come true, let alone to play as many times as I have done.

"I hope my passion for the shirt and people of this region has shone through in my performances and I would love to leave on a high note with some silverware. I also remain fully committed to Wales and achieving the best I can every time I pull on the red shirt."