Bedfprd Blues have signed eight players on temporary deals from Premiership runners-up Saracens

Eight Saracens players have left Allianz Park for Bedford Blues on temporary arrangements.

Eight Saracens players have left Allianz Park for Bedford Blues on temporary arrangements.

First published in Sport

Bedford Blues have agreed loan and dual registration deals for eight Saracens players ahead of the 2014/15 season.

England Under-20 World Cup winners Nathan Earle, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Nick Tompkins, Maro Itoje and former Bedford player, Aaron Morris, will all be available during the season.

Matt Hankin and Scott Spurling have also penned dual registration deals but with limited availability. Meanwhile, former Leinster second row, Eoin Sheriff, joins on a season-long loan from the Men in Black.

Morris, who became the youngest player to wear a Bedford shirt in a competitive match at the age of 17, returns to Goldington Road after signing for the Sarries in the summer.

The 19-year-old has had a whirlwind summer, lifting the Junior World Championship in New Zealand and signing for the Premiership runners-up from Blues.

Reflecting on the move, Morris said: “I'm a Bedford lad and grew up playing rugby for the Blues from the age of five and have always been proud to represent the club no matter what the age level.

“Denis Ormesher brought me into the Academy and then Mike Rayer and all the coaches showed great faith in me to move me into the first team at a young age and I was tremendously excited to pull on the jersey for my first game against Neath.”

Director of rugby, Mike Rayer, said: "Everyone at the club was tremendously proud of Aaron following his performances at the Junior World Championships where he was superb for England and we are delighted that he will be dual registered with us for the coming campaign.

“It also shows a genuine pathway for young players from around the Bedford area exists.”

Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, commented: "We are once again delighted to be working with Bedford Blues and continuing our relationship which has blossomed so well over the years.

“Thanks to this special relationship, many players have gained valuable experience within the Championship before making the transition to the Premiership and I hope that both clubs continue to benefit from this agreement.”

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