Aviva Premiership: Tom Ryder joins Northampton on short-term deal
Scotland lock drafted in for reigning champions until end of the season after struggling to get into the Glasgow Warriors team
Northampton Saints have signed Scottish international Tom Ryder until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old lock forward joins the Aviva Premiership champions immediately from last season’s PRO12 finalists Glasgow Warriors, where he has struggled to get game time.
His last appearance for the Warriors came in their 19-9 defeat to the Scarlets in November, but Ryder is looking forward to a new challenge.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Glasgow and my wife and I have made a lot of friends in the city,” Ryder said.
“I’m looking forward to this new challenge in Northampton and I wish the club all the best for the remainder of the season.”
Ryder’s form in the 2011/12 season saw him become one of three Warriors players named in the PRO12 Dream Team.
He has made 87 appearances for the Warriors in a four year spell after a move from Saracens, but the emergence of 19-year-old Scotland lock Jonny Gray and Fijian offloading machine Leone Nakarawa has limited opportunities for the former Leicester Tigers academy player.
“We have a number of significant injuries in the second row, and Tom’s experience and quality will be useful to have around the club over the next few months,” Mallinder said.
“We have difficult Aviva Premiership matches and a Champions Cup trip to Clermont Auvergne,
and we’re confident that Tom will be able to contribute fully.”