Leicester Tigers have roped in Richard Thorpe, the flanker from rival club London Irish. The 27 year old player has already started training with Leicester and looks ready to start the season for them. His former club and Leicester’s rivals, London Irish, will be paying a part of the player’s wages during the first season.
Richard Cockerill commented saying that he will be an extremely cost effective player for them. He said that Thorpe is a great player and has had a lot of experience in the premiership which will ensure that he get a slot almost immediately.
Brett Deacon has returned to Leicester Tigers after playing for Gloucester for two years. Former back row player arrived at his former club as a injury related signing as Craig Newby and Tom Croft are both out for a long time with their injuries.
Richard Cockerill commented saying that Brett had been playing really well for Gloucester the past two years and since he used to play for the Tigers, he wont take any time to settle in. he admitted that his squad has been plagued with a lot of injuries and hence had to sign quite a few people. He said that Brett has played over a hundred first class games and hence is a very experienced player which will come in very handy this season for Leicester.
He also spoke about the injuries picked up by Scott Steele and Ben Youngs. The former will not be able to play till late August and hence they have got the Australian Pat Phibbs to cover for him. The Australian has signed a four month contract with the club and will be providing cover as Ben Youngs is out with injury.
What remains to be seen is if Leicester can start off a successful season which will convert into trophies. They have had a few exciting signings and fans await their performance.