Saracens sign Namibia international Janco Venter

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall

Saracens have confirmed the signing of Namibia international Janco Venter from Championship side Jersey Reds.

He becomes the second player from Jersey to head to Allianz Park after prop Alec Clarey joined the club earlier in the week.

The 25-year-old started his career with Namibia club Welwitschias in 2015 and moved to Western Province a year later. He featured for Jersey Reds between 2016 and 2018 and now is set to make his debut for Saracens.

“This is a little bit of a dream come true,” said Venter.

“When I first came over to the U.K. a couple of years ago it was always with the dream and the ambition to play in a Premiership side and Saracens were at the top of the list.

“I can’t explain to you how excited I am to have the opportunity to keep developing myself. I think there’s no better place to be than Saracens to do that.

“The way everything is set up they want the player to be the best he can be and having played for Namibia, having had a taste for that higher level and being able to embrace your talents, I think I’m looking forward to that the most.”

Venter played 28 Tests for Namibia since his debut in 2013 and was part of the squad that competed in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

“We have been watching Janco’s progress over the last few seasons and are looking forward to welcoming him to the club," said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.

“His potential is very exciting and we firmly believe his best days lie in the future. As a club we are extremely confident that we can help Janco take his game to new levels.”

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