Blues sign Sarries duo

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Bedford Blues and Saracens have announced an extension on their current working agreement which will see two players moving to Goldington Road for the 2015/16 Championship season.

Joel Conlon and Tom Griffiths have both signed deals with the Blues for the coming campaign but, in an emergency, they will be able to return to Saracens on loan.

Conlon, 21, is a recent addition to Saracens having been signed from Exeter Chiefs where he came through their academy with the likes of Henry Slade and Jack Nowell.

The open-side flanker, who is never afraid to get stuck into the heart of the action, was part of England’s U20s title-winning teams in both the Six Nations and Junior World Championship and spent last season at the Cornish Pirates on dual-registration.

Griffiths signed for Saracens having helped Hartbury College to win their fourth consecutive AASE title in April 2013.

Originally a fly half, he switched to centre while at school and has gone on to represent Saracens Storm throughout their A League campaign while also being called up to the England U20 squad.

Blues chairman Geoff Irvine said: “We have a fantastic working relationship with Saracens and this further deal means that Bedford benefit from having two impressive signings while Saracens are safe in the knowledge that should they need to call on them, then they can do so.

“We saw Joel several times last season while he was dual-registered with Cornish Pirates from Exeter and he is a solid back rower who will continue to excel while Tom comes with a glowing endorsement from the Saracens camp and we are very excited to have them joining the squad ahead of the new season.”