Ulster Rugby have been boosted by the news that No.8 Roger Wilson will return to the province from the start of next season on a three year deal.
Wilson began his professional career at Ulster and made his debut in September 2003 against the Ospreys. he was Ulster's Player of the Year in 2007.
He moved to Northampton in the summer of 2008 and has consistently been part of the Premiership side's matchday XV where he has collected winner's medals from both the European Challenge Cup and the LV=Cup.
Roger has been capped at A International level and has one senior cap won on Ireland's 2005 tour to Japan.
"While the back row is already a competitive area, the addition of Roger to the squad will provide us with the depth we need to ensure we are competitive in both the RaboDirect PRO12 and the Heineken Cup." commented Ulster's Director of Rugby David Humphreys.
"He displays all the physical attributes necessary for a top-class No.8 and is an incredibly consistent performer. He's currently playing the best rugby of his career and we're delighted that he has decided to return to Ulster next season and to commit his long term future to the club."
Wilson has appeared over 100 times for Northampton and is one of the club's most consistent performers
"I've really enjoyed my time at Northampton and the club have been very good to me" commented Wilson.
"Dorian West is an excellent forwards coach, Jim Mallinder's knowledge of the game is outstanding and I'd like to think that I've learnt a lot from them over the last four years and I can add that experience to Ulster.
"Northampton are a quality team and have an excellent set-up at the club but I suppose it was always in the back of my mind that I would like to finish my career at Ulster."
"I was born and raised there, learnt my rugby there and at the end of the day it is home. I'm delighted to be coming back."