Yorkshire Carnegie have boosted their squad for next season by signing scrum half Joel Hodgson, 22, and second row Tom Ryder, 30 from Northampton Saints.

Hodgson, who joins on a one year contract, moved to Franklins Gardens last summer from his home town club of Newcastle Falcons. He featured 10 times in the Premiership in his last season at Newcastle and this season has made three appearances for the Saints, including two in the Premiership. Comfortable in both half-back positions, Hodgson represented England U18 while studying at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School.
 
Scottish international second row Tom Ryder joined Northampton midway through this season from Glasgow Warriors. He has agreed a two year deal with Yorkshire Carnegie.
 
Ryder, who has also played for Saracens, won both of his Test caps in the summer of 2012 and made 87 appearances for Glasgow from 2010 until 2014. Ryder was named in the Rabo Pro12 Team of the Year at the end of the 2011-12 season leading to his Scotland call up and caps against Fiji and Samoa, qualifying for Scotland through his Glasgow-born father.
 
He came through the Academy ranks at Leicester Tigers, before moving to Saracens in 2005, and eventually moving North of the border five years later.
 
Commenting on signing for Yorkshire Carnegie, Hodgson said, “Having spoken to Chris Gibson and Bryan Repath it was clear that the club has ambitions and wants to be in the Premiership. With the likes of Andy Saull and Kevin Sinfield already signed up for next season it shows the club are really looking to push on with that ambition. It is a good place to be and I want to be part of the journey and achieve those goals with Yorkshire.
 
“I know Chris Pilgrim well from Newcastle and he is always talking about how great the clubs is. He has told me that Bryan Redpath’s arrival was a breath of fresh air around the place and he has really enjoyed his year there. I am delighted for him that things have gone so well and I am looking forward to working with him again.
 
“It is going to be tough next season. The Championship is getting harder and harder each year and it is a tough place to ply your trade. But I am at the stage in my career now when I want to play as many games in a season as I can, that is the aim and I am prepared to test myself. I feel I am ready to move on to the next stage of my career. The game is getting younger and younger, you only need to look at lads like George Ford to see what you can achieve when you make the most of your opportunities and they are the same ambitions I have. I am working towards that by joining Yorkshire because the club has always shown they are not afraid to put faith in the younger players and I think I can benefit from that,” added Hodgson.
 
Second row Ryder, who is originally from Nottingham and captain England U19, commented, “I am really looking forward to joining Yorkshire Carnegie. It is a club with a lot of potential and they are building a squad for next season that will be very competitive. The team finished the season in great form under Bryan Redpath and played some good rugby so hopefully we can take that forward next season and challenge to get back into the Premiership.
 
“Playing in the Championship will be a new challenge for me but I am looking forward to going to some new venues and playing against opponents I have never faced before. I know the Championship is a tough league, I have watched a few games on the television and it is obvious that the standard of rugby is good. When I look at the Yorkshire squad for next season, there is a core of players who have a lot of rugby experience and hopefully we can pass that on to the younger players. Bryan has spoken about creating a culture at the club and developing a winning environment with a team bond that can take the club forward and I am looking forward to playing my part in that process,” added Ryder.  
 
Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath added, “Joel and Tom are Premiership quality players and I am delighted that they have agreed to join us. Joel is a very talented scrum half who can also cover ten whilst Tom has vast experience, in particular with Saracens and Glasgow. Both will be key additions to the players we already have at the club for next season.”
 
Yorkshire Carnegie have already announced the signings of former England Rugby League captain Kevin Sinfield MBE from Leeds Rhinos, back row Andy Saull from Sale Sharks, second row Dean Schofield and winger Seb Stegmann, both from London Welsh.