Wasps have announced their third tighthead signing of 2019 just a week after announcing the summer arrival of the second contender for their No3 shirt.
Dai Young’s spending spree started in January with the signature of Jack Owlett, who had been at Exeter since starting for the local university side in a 2016 title victory at Twickenham.
He then followed it up last week with the signing of Mike Daniels, the tighthead at Championship club Nottingham who wasn’t a complete stranger to Wasps as he stepped in as emergency injury cover and made his debut in the December Premiership match away to Saracens.
Now Young has tipped the scales even further with the arrival of giant tighthead prop Biyi Alo from Coventry. The 135kg prop initially joined Wasps as injury cover earlier this year but has impressed during his short time to earn a permanent deal with the club.
Alo, 24, came through the Saracens academy and featured for the first-team during the 2015 campaign, before making the switch to Worcester where he made 30 appearances, scoring four tries. Last weekend, he made a powerful impact off the bench for his Wasps debut at Leicester Tigers.
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Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Biyi still has lots of potential and we are confident we can develop him into a top-end Premiership player as we’ve seen with other players in recent years. He is a big lad who will certainly give us some go-forward.
“With Kieran Brookes, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Jack Owlett and Mike Daniels already in the squad for next season, we’ve got some real power and depth in the tighthead position and I’m excited about working with all of them.”
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Wasps can today confirm the permanent signing of tighthead prop Biyi Alo ahead of the 2019/20 campaign!
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) March 5, 2019
Alo added: “I’m delighted to sign for such a well-known and well-respected club as Wasps. “I feel like I have a lot to offer and I want to prove myself back in the Premiership and help be a part of something special at Ricoh Arena.
“The last few weeks have been a great taster and I can’t wait to try and repay the faith shown in me by the Club.”
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