Bedford Blues have bolstered their playing squad with the signing of former Academy player Tony Fenner from Viadana.
The 24 year old – who can play at fullback, fly half or centre - came through the ranks at Goldington Road winning two National Colts Cup medals along the way.
He played for the Blues against the Barbarians in the Mobbs Memorial match in 2009 before turning out for Rosslyn Park and helping them secure promotion to National One.
After heading off on his travels around the world, Fenner played for Otahuhu in New Zealand, Eastern Province Kings in South Africa and then returned to New Zealand to represent Otago and was invited to train with Super Rugby side Highlanders in 2011.
During the summer break, Fenner went on loan to Modena in Italy where he scored an impressive 175 points before returning to New Zealand to sign with Auckland Rugby who he represented in the ITM Cup.
A return to Italy followed in the 2012/13 season where he signed for Viadana and that is where he has remained until his homecoming to Bedford.
Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Tony was always an impressive young player who was full of flair and never afraid to try new things out.
“While we were disappointed to lose him a few years ago, he has developed as a player and gives us another option in the backs.”