- Northampton Saints sign Paul Doran Jones from Gloucester Rugby
- England prop will arrive at Franklin's Gardens at end of season
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England prop Paul Doran Jones is relishing a new physical challenge after agreeing a deal to move to Northampton.
The 25-year-old, who is comfortable on either side of the scrum, will join the Saints at the end of the current campaign from Gloucester.
Doran Jones has previously played for London Welsh, Lansdowne RFC and Leinster, and is currently a member of England's RBS 6 Nations squad.
And Doran-Jones is looking forward to being part of the Northampton pack.
"I played against the Saints in my first game for London Welsh and it's always been tough playing against them," he said.
"They've got a history of having a strong pack and it will be great to be a part of the squad at Franklin's Gardens.
"I'm looking forward to getting in and training with the boys. I've been with a few of them with England and the banter's starting already. The likes of Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes and the other guys like Soane Tonga'uiha and Brian Mujati have done really well this season and I want to be a part of that."
I want to take my game to next level – PDJ
"Gloucester has been a great club for me. It's tough to leave the place where I had my chance. The clubs are similar with great followings and histories and Kingsholm will always be a special place for me.
"But I'm looking forward to the challenge of moving to Franklin's Gardens and challenging for my place at the Saints. They are showing where they can be in the current Heineken Cup and I want to be competing at that level week in, week out in the future and improve myself as a player."
Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes Doran Jones' ability to play in the loosehead and tighthead position is vital.
"Paul is a quality prop who has the added benefit of playing on either side of the scrum," he said.
"As we prepare for a tough Aviva Premiership and European campaign we need players who are flexible enough to play in a variety of positions, and to have props like Paul, Tom Mercey and Brian Mujati who can play at tight and loosehead will only be good for the Saints squad."