COVENTRY Rugby have signed prop forward Biyi Alo.
The 24-year-old, who has Premiership experience with Worcester Warriors and Saracens, is in contention to make his blue-and-white debut against Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday.
Alo played 18 times for the Sixways club after initially making the move north prior to the 2016/17 season on a loan basis as injury cover.
He had previously been involved with Saracens from the age of 16 during which time he made his top-flight debut against Harlequins at Wembley in March 2015.
The powerhouse prop was also part of the Saracens squad which lifted the Premiership A League and the Anglo-Welsh Cup in the same season.
Alo initially combined playing for Saracens with turning out for Loughborough University while studying for a degree in Sports Science, Sport Development and Sport Management.
He has also enjoyed spells as a dual-registered player with Old Albanian and Bedford Blues as well as being part of England’s 2014 U20 World Cup-winning squad, which was coached by Nick Walshe.
Coventry’s director of rugby Rowland Winter said: “It’s great to have Biyi on board and we are really looking forward to getting him involved over the next few weeks.
“He is still young for a prop and has an exciting future ahead of him, but he’s already picked up valuable experience at the top level.
“He is a big bloke, who is determined to work hard, and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to the team.”