Northampton Saints have announced that former Ireland Under 20 international Conor Carey will join the Gallagher Premiership club with immediate effect.
The 30-year-old will link up with the Franklin's Gardens based club from French side Perpignan after signing a contract until the end of the 2021/22 season.
He started his professional rugby career with Ealing Trailfinders in 2013 and also had represented Nottingham, Connacht and Worcester Warriors previously.
“I’m thrilled to get this opportunity to join Northampton Saints,” said Carey to the club's official website.
“The team have started the season really well and I’m excited to get involved with the group and make an impact on the field.
“Saints have a top-quality group of tightheads, so I’m looking forward to learning from them and comp Northampton Saints have announced that former Ireland Under 20 international Conor Carey will join the Gallagher Premiership club with immediate effect. eting for a place in the team in the weeks ahead.”
The decision to sign Carey comes after the Saints have lost Oisin Heffernan with a hamstring injury.
Carey has played for Ireland Under 20 during the Six Nations Under 20s Championship in 2011 but is an England qualified player.
“We’re delighted to bring Conor in for the remainder of the season – he’s a 130kg prop forward who can play on either side of the scrum if needed," said Northampton scrum coach Matt Ferguson.
“Unfortunately Oisín Heffernan picked up a nasty hamstring injury, leaving us with only three senior tightheads, so Conor has come in to allow him to fully concentrate on his recovery.
“Ed Prowse has been going really well at Bedford Blues but remains an Academy project for us, meanwhile Conor is someone I’ve been watching for a while.
“You know anyone called into the Top14 to play front row is good in the scrum, but Conor also moves the ball pretty well and has a lot of top-flight experience behind him, so to get him in on short notice is fantastic.”