England and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi has silenced all talk of a Top14 move by signing a new deal with his career long club Leicester Tigers.
Not only is this a boost for the Premiership side, it is also a massive positive for England as Tuilagi will still be eligible to play for his country after the 2019 World Cup, which wouldn’t have been possible had he decided to make the trip across the channel.
In a statement on the Leicester Tigers website, Tuilagi said the following:
“This is a massive club and it means a lot to me and my family, I love the club and I want to repay the loyalty they have shown me in my time here.”
“I’m very passionate about playing my part in bringing back the success we all expect at such a massive club.”
“This was a big decision for me to make but I am very happy to be able to stay here, I have a lot of friends here.”
Tuilagi has re-ignited his England career this season after what appeared like an eternity out through injury; he has been in good form for his country scoring two tries since his return.
Jordan Murphy, Leicester’s head coach, praised Manu following this announcement:
“Manu is a world-class player with a real X-factor about his game and anyone would want him in their team. He’s been here a long time, his heart is here and we’re all delighted that he wants to stay.
“He is at his physical peak as a player at 27, he is a leader within the squad and we look forward to seeing many more big performances from him in a Tigers shirt.”
Written by In The Loose