The 27-year-old, joins on a two-year deal having previously played for the Bears between 2010 and 2017, making over 130 appearances for the club before heading to the Saints.
Eadie has admitted his delight at being able to return to where it all began for him in the professional game and is looking forward to what the future holds in Bristol.
“I’ve had a great three years at Northampton, learnt a great deal and it will always be a club and location that I look back fondly on, but I’m so pleased to be coming home and I’m grateful to Pat Lam for the chance to pull on a Bristol jersey again. Playing in front of Bristolians at Ashton Gate means a lot to me and I want to make them proud. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from a great coaching group and keep developing my game. I’m excited to be able to contribute to that vision moving forward and play my part in Bristol’s success,” he said.
The Bristolian left the club due to their relegation back in 2017 and the Bears director of rugby Pat Lam is delighted to welcome him back and understood the players decision to leave before.
“We spoke on the phone when Mitch left after Bristol had been relegated in 2017. He wanted to play at the highest level and I understood his reasons at that stage. I admired what he had done for the team before I arrived – he’s an exciting young Bristolian player who cares about the club. It didn’t work out as well as Mitch would have liked at Northampton due to injury and opportunities, but it was still a great experience for him and he will have learned a huge amount. We’re delighted to have him back and we know he will add real value to our squad and can contribute across the back row for the Bears,” he said.
Eadie is Bristol’s second signing in three days following the announcement of the arrival of Kyle Sinckler earlier in the week. While the England international was brought in after the club had already signed up Fijian star Semi Radradra as they look to make a huge impact in the Premiership next season as well as on the European stage.
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Two English Premiership sides are looking to the possibility of signing one of England’s hottest prospects according to reports
The 20-year-old is currently playing for fellow English team Sale Sharks and has been in impressive form, catching the eye of England head coach Eddie Jones, who called him in to train with the senior side last week.
The Chiefs are thought to be losing centre Sam Hill at the end of the current campaign and see Redpath as a long-term replacement, while Bath have also let Wales international Jamie Roberts leave for Super Rugby outfit the Stormers.
Exeter are also believed to be interested in fellow England youngster Josh Hodge, with the 19-year-old back showing his skills in the Championship with the Newcastle Falcons this season and again being involved with Jones’ senior side.
Redpath is the son of former Scotland international Bryan Redpath and is versatile being able to play at fly-half, centre or full-back.
He has appeared of 20 times for the Sharks to date and signed a five-year deal in 2017, but both the clubs chasing him will hope that they can tempt him away with a better offer, with the Chiefs more than likely being able to offer Champions Cup rugby as well as currently looking the most likely club to dominate the Premiership over the next few seasons.
Northampton Snap Up Ospreys Ace on Loan
The Northampton Saints have confirmed the arrival of an Ospreys player to help them in the short-term
The 28-year-old joins to help cover the losses of David Robbins, Alex Moon, Api Ratuniyarawa and Courtney Lawes. The former two are missing through injury, while Ratuniyarawa is currently serving a four-week ban and Lawes is on international duty with England in the Six Nations.
Speaking on the deal the club’s director of rugby Chris Boyd admitted he is delighted to be able to bring in someone with Glynn’s experience as the team challenge at the top of the Premiership table.
“We’re very pleased to have been able to bring in a player with plenty of Premiership experience in Ben. Injuries and international availability throughout the Six Nations period is obviously putting a little strain on the depth of our squad, so we’ve got to get over that challenge and Ben will help us to do that. He offers us an immediate option in a position of need, and in the very short time he has been with the squad, he has slotted in brilliantly. So despite a bit of a whirlwind week, he will certainly be in contention for selection against Exeter this weekend,” he said.
His first outing with his new club could be one of the hardest he would have imagined as the Saints take on league leaders the Exeter Chiefs this weekend in what is a battle of the top two teams.
Bristol Make Loanee a Permanent Signing
Bristol Bears have confirmed that a player they have had on loan has now committed his long-term future to the club
The former Gloucester star joined the Bears from Championship side Coventry last month and has impressed since then and has now penned a two-year deal with Bristol.
The 25-year-old admitted he has been happy since joining and is delighted that they have rewarded his form with a permanent deal.
“I’ve really enjoyed my short time at the club, and I’m very grateful for the welcome everyone at Bristol has given me. It feels like an awesome culture Pat has built here with an outstanding group of players and staff. It’s an exciting time to be a Bear, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come,” he said.
Purdy can play on the wing, in the centre or at full-back and Bristol’s director of rugby Pat Lam believes this makes him a valuable player to have in the side.
“Henry has made a big impression in a short period of time since arriving at Bristol Bears. He came to the club with a desire to establish himself back in the top flight, and we’ve already seen what he is capable of. Henry is an intelligent rugby player who is a real threat across a number of positions. Our vision is about building a world-class squad with quality depth in every position. Henry is an intelligent rugby player who is a real threat across a number of positions,” he said.
It is a good move by the Bears as they continue to strengthen their squad ahead of next season but they will be hoping to continue their impressive form so far this season when they take on Worcester Warriors this Sunday.
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