The England and Premiership Champions rejoins from Harlequins where he has been for the last 8 years, making over 150 appearances.
Having moved through the youth sytem at Saints and made his senior debut in 2007 earning 20 caps over 3 seasons.
He joins Saints on a short term deal as injury cover which will see him at Franklin's Gardens until October this year.
“We’re delighted to have secured a player of Joe’s experience and quality for the next three months,” said Saints’ director of rugby Chris Boyd.
“A number of our hookers are carrying niggles heading into the back end of preseason, and we want to make sure they are back to full fitness before they return with a long season ahead. We have three important preseason matches in the coming weeks, so it's important to make sure we are covered.
“Joe has a proven track record in the Premiership, and I’m sure our younger hookers like Reece and Samson will also relish the opportunity to learn from someone new.”