Northampton Saints sign Wales fly-half Biggar for 2018

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Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of Wales fly-half Dan Biggar from the Ospreys for the 2018-19 season.

The Premiership campaign is just one game old, but already Saints are looking to the future - a perhaps wise approach given their 55-24 season-opening mauling at the hands of Saracens.

In a statement, Saints hailed Biggar as "one of the northern hemisphere's stand-out performers in recent years" and Northampton fans will get a close look at their new man when they take on the Ospreys in this season's European Champions Cup.

"I'm hugely privileged to sign for a club with the history and tradition of Saints," Biggar said. "It's extremely exciting to start a new chapter of my career with a club that shares my ambition to win trophies, which is where this club belongs. 

"I have to say a massive thank you to the coaches and board for the confidence put in me and I look forward to working as hard as I ever have in my career to return the faith."

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder hailed the coup as evidence that Saints - winners of the Premiership in 2014 and 2000 Heineken Cup - can scale such heights yet again.

"We're delighted to have secured the signature of such a highly rated player," he said. "Dan has shown his excellence year-in, year-out, for both the Ospreys and Wales, and he performed really well for the [British and Irish] Lions this summer.

"The fact that he has put pen to paper a year in advance shows that Dan has plenty of belief in where we are going as a club and our ambitions for the future and we're looking forward to welcoming him here next summer."