England trio join Leicester Tigers
TRANSFER NEWS: Leicester Tigers have agreed deals with England stars Freddie Steward, George Martin and Jack van Poortvliet.
The future of Steward had been a particular concern for Tigers’ fans but the club have confirmed the futures of all three this afternoon.
Steward graduated from the Tigers Academy ahead of the 2019/20 campaign after winning back-to-back titles in the Under-18 League.
He made his senior club debut in January 2019 away to Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby Cup while still a member of the Tigers Academy.
Born and raised in Norfolk, Steward represented England at Under-18 and Under-20 age-grade levels.
Speaking about the trio, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “This is a very exciting day for the club and I hope the supporters have enjoyed receiving this news.”
“All three of these young men – George, Freddie and Jack – are proud Leicester Tigers players, who have been a part of the club since they were kids and grown up, together, at the club.
“There is so much growth in all of their games; the steps they have taken so far in their young careers has been brilliant to witness and a privilege to be a part of at Leicester Tigers.
“These are three young men who possess great character and hunger to be successful and, at a young age, the leadership qualities they have displayed have been exceptional and I am pleased to be able to confirm their renewals.”