Leicester Tigers Sign Manu Tuilagi

7 December 2015, 13:08 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Manu Tuilagi Leicester Tigers

England centre Manu Tuilagi has signed a contract with Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

The player had been linked with a move elsewhere - with his previous contract up at the end of the season.

He's been joined by England team-mates Ben Youngs and Freddie Burns in committing his future to the club.

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: 

"Manu is a world-class talent and we are delighted that he sees his future with the Tigers.
"We always wanted him to stay and we always believed that he wanted to stay too.
"Manu has had very close connections to the club from a very young age and he is a big part of the Tigers family. The club has been very good to him and he has shown huge loyalty to the club in return in wanting to stay here.
"This is where he is at home, the supporters love him and we're looking forward to getting him back out on the pitch in the near future.
"Manu is in the prime of his rugby life at 24, he has very good players and a good coaching team around him here and he is very keen to play his part in the squad.”

Tuilagi said: "The Tigers has been a big part of my life and following my brothers into the team here was a very proud moment for me.
"The club always wants to be successful, the players and coaches set very high standards and we are always looking to improve. It is a great club and I'm very settled here. The club and the supporters have been very good to me.
"The way the team has been playing this season is very exciting with Aaron Mauger as head coach and that is another reason I'm looking forward to getting back out on the pitch in Tigers colours.”