Bristol Rugby sign experienced Northampton Saints lock Mark Sorenson for 2013-14 season
BRISTOL Rugby have made a further signing for the 2013-14 campaign by recruiting lock Mark Sorenson from Northampton.
The 33-year-old New Zealander is a proven Aviva Premiership performer and has played 124 times in the top flight since joining Newcastle in 2006.
He has also made 18 Heineken Cup appearances and will join fellow Premiership players Peter Buxton, Errie Claassens and Andy Short at Bristol next season.
Sorenson, who is English qualified, joined Newcastle from Bay of Plenty seven years ago and moved to Northampton in 2010.
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He has made 86 appearances for the Saints, including 23 already this season, and has been backed by Bristol head coach Liam Middleton to have an “enormous” impact next season.
“Mark brings with him a record of consistently high standards,” said Middleton. “An impressive character, he will bring an enormous amount to Bristol both on and off the field.
“He has a big capacity for work, testimony to his professional attitude to his physical condition.
“The fact that he has already featured more than 20 times this season in the Premiership, Heineken Cup and LV= Cup reflects how valuable he is to the team he plays for, and a representation of his durability.”
Sorenson, who was voted 2007-8 supporters’ club player of the season and players’ player of the season during his time at Newcastle, is excited by the challenge of joining Bristol.
“It’s a new challenge for me to join Bristol Rugby,” he said. “I still hold a lot of aspirations as a player, so I wanted to join a club that was moving forward.
“The facilities at Bristol are great and the coaching staff are developing a team and a culture that will excel at the top level.
“It’s an exciting time to be here and I’m looking forward to playing my part and helping the club progress.”