Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the capture of two talented youngsters from Saracens for the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

The link between the Blues and the Premiership Champions has been a successful one over the years with the likes of George Kruis, Owen Farrell, Jackson Wray, James Short, Nic Auterac and Ben Ransom all benefitting from regular rugby at Bedford while Mouritz Botha, Aaron Morris and Mark Flanagan all earnt moves down the M1 to Allianz Park.

The latest individuals to take advantage of the working relationship between the two clubs will be back rower Jack Nay and hooker Tadgh McElroy who have linked up with the Blues squad durnig the summer months and will be part of the matchday squad when Bedford travel to Plymouth Albion on Friday.

Nay, 21, will be a familiar name to the Blues faithful having featured in six games for Bedford last season. Standing at 192cm tall and tipping the scales at 109kg, Nay possesses huge amounts of power and pace as was shown when he scored on his debut for the Blues during the 44-26 win over London Scottish at Goldington Road last season.

Big things are expected of Irish hooker McElroy, 21, who has played for Ireland Under 18s, 19s and 20s before joining the Saracens Academy last season. The dynamic hooker - who is English qualified through his London-born grandmother - stands 178cm tall and weighs 100kg, and has benefitted immensley from being around the likes of Jamie George, Christopher Tolofua and Schalk Brits.

Speaking about the captures of Nay and McElroy, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "We are obviously delighted to be welcoming Jack and Tadgh to Goldington Road for the new season and can't wait to see them in action.

"We know Jack very well from his time with us last season and I'm sure that he will make a massive impact once again. Alex Rae saw plenty in him as a player and was really keen that we acquired his services once again and I hope that Jack will benefit from another season with us.

"With Tom Lindsay and George Edgson moving on last season, we were left a little light in our options at hooker so it is great to have Tadgh with us for the coming campaign. He's only a young man, but he has an incredible skillset and a maturity beyond his years. He's featured in the Anglo-Welsh Cup for Sarries as well as the Under 20s Six Nations and shown everyone what a talented player he is.

"Our relationship with Saracens remains a very strong one and we are very happy to be able to add two players of Jack and Tadgh's quality to our squad for the coming season."

Academy Manager Mike Hynard said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both players to continue their development with a club we have a very close relationship with, who consistently perform well at the top of the Championship. Several previous academy players have used this opportunity as a springboard for their development and we hope Jack and Tadgh enjoy the challenge of the Championship this season and go on to reach their full potential.”

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