Flanagan leaves Blues for Saracens

Mark Flanagan has joined Saracens
Mark Flanagan has joined Saracens

Bedford Blues second row star Mark Flanagan has been rewarded for his fine season by being snapped up by Premiership giants Saracens.

The Irish lock, who has made 22 appearances for the Goldington Road side this season, joined the club last summer from French side Mont-de-Marson and quickly established himself as a mainstay in the scrum and a definite target in the lineout.

Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer said: “Mark has had a great year for us and his efforts were duly rewarded with a move to Saracens.

“While disappointed to lose a player of his talent, everybody wishes him well with the move to Allianz Park.”

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told the club’s official website: “We have been watching Mark for some time and he has proved himself one of the most impressive lock forwards in the Championship.

“We’re delighted he’s chosen to advance his career at Saracens.”

Meanwhile, Flanagan, 26, added: “Joining Saracens is fantastic opportunity for me. Sarries have a proven track record of developing players and I can’t wait to get started next season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bedford Blues and I’m grateful for the support they have shown me but I’m really looking forward to be joining such a fantastic club.”