- Blues and Sarries strengthen relationship with ten players set for Goldington Road
- Luke Baldwin transfers on a season-long loan to the Championship club
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The relationship between Championship side Bedford Blues and Premiership giants Saracens continues to blossom as the two clubs confirm that no fewer than ten players will travel from Vicarage Road to Goldington Road for the 2012/13 season.
Last season, eight Saracens players were dual registered with Bedford but, due to the Rugby World Cup and an unprecedented number of injuries to other members of the squad, most were needed by the parent club.
Over the past week, the two clubs have been in discussions to put a plan into place which will see nine Saracens youngsters being dual-registered with the Blues while scrum half Luke Baldwin will join Bedford on a season long loan following the Premiership sides pre-season campaign.
The nine players joining on dual-registration will be Will Fraser (back row), George Kruis (second row), Ben Ransom (full back), Scott Spurling (hooker), Sam Stanley (centre), James Short (wing), Duncan Taylor (centre/wing), Mako Vunipola (prop), Jackson Wray (back row).
Both clubs have seen how beneficial the link-up has been in recent seasons and it is hoped that the new plan will ensure that the relationship between the clubs continues to move forward.
Speaking about the agreement for the coming season, Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine said: “We are very excited with the level of commitment shown by Saracens in making this relationship work. The quality of the players dual-registered this coming season is outstanding, we are very happy with our recruitment and I think that everyone will be looking forward to returning to training at the end of the month.”
Saracens Chief Executive Edward Griffiths added: “This is a partnership between equals, with each party getting more than it gives. That is why the Bedford-Saracens link has been so successful in recent seasons, and that is why it will continue to be successful.”
Fans will be able to get the first glimpse of the Bedford Blues 2012/13 squad when they welcome Saracens to Goldington Road for a pre-season friendly on Friday 10th August, kick-off 7.45pm.