Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that Northampton Saints second rower Jordan Onojaife, has joined the club once again for the coming season.

Standing at 196cm and weighing in at 118kg, Onojaife, 22,  initially joined Bedford on loan for the second half of last season's Championship campaign and made a lasting impression with players, coaches and fans alike.

The youngster, who picked up international honours with England Under 18s before being called up to the Under 20 squad for the 2013 Junior World Championship in New Zealand, has already joined up with his teammates for the coming season and could be available for the start of the Greene King IPA Championship season.

Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "Jordan made a really positive impact during his stint with us last season and we are all delighted to welcome him back to Goldington Road for the coming campaign. He certainly enjoyed playing rugby the Bedford way and we enjoyed having him so this works out really well for all parties.

"Jordan is a big, powerful lad who also has a great turn of pace and some impressive handling skills for a player his size and he will add plenty of competition to the second row. He'll also benefit from playing alongside and learning from the likes of Alex Rae and Paul Tupai who can pass on their valuable experience and nous which will help him no end as he continues to develop."

Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder added: "Jordan is a talented young player who has just turned 22, and it’s easy to forget that he is still in the early stages of his career. He played well for Bedford towards the end of last season and will improve more over the next few months. The Championship is a tough competition to play in and Jordan will benefit from the experience.”

The Blues kick off their Championship campaign this weekend with a trip to Richmond before the first home game against London Scottish follows a week later. Buy discounted tickets for all Bedford Blues home fixtures at www.bedfordrugby.co.uk.

Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road