Stephen Myler to join London Irish ahead of new season

Stephen Myler has played over 300 games for Northampton Saints
Stephen Myler has played over 300 games for Northampton Saints

London Irish have acquired the signing of experienced fly-half Stephen Myler ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Myler is third in the list of most points scorer in the history of the English Premiership with 1704 points behind Charlie Hodgson and Andy Goode after racking up over 300 appearances for Northampton Saints since his debut in the rugby union that came in 2006. He also came up with a man of the match performance in the 2014 Aviva Premiership final where the Saints went on to beat Saracens.

"I’m delighted to join London Irish, a club that is steeped in history and tradition and has the ambition to be back amongst the leading clubs in the Premiership,” said Myler.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northampton Saints and I’ve made friends for life, but the time is right for me to now embark on a fresh new challenge with London Irish.

"Everything about London Irish has impressed me and I’m looking forward to joining up with my new teammates for pre-season as we look to make an immediate return to the Premiership."

Myler, whose solitary England appearance came in 2013 has a terrific record in finals where he has converted all 23 kicks and helped Northampton to gain promotion in 2008 and steered them to a European Challenge Cup win a year later.

London Irish technical consultant Declan Kidney believes Myler's experience and calibre will be a big boost to the club as they aim to return back to the top tier after a disappointing 2017/18 season.

"Stephen is a player who possesses a vast amount of experience, which will be important for us next season.

"He’s shown throughout his time at Northampton that he has composure during the big occasions and his influence around the training ground will help the younger lads coming through the ranks."