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Promising England youngster signs long term deal with Leicester Tigers

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Thursday Dec 21, 2023

Leicester Tigers have announced that promising second-row, George Martin, will be remaining with the squad under a new ‘multi-year agreement’ that will allow the 22-year-old to build upon his 69 club caps to date.

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Martin made his debut in 2019, following his time in the Leicester Tigers academy, and has gone on to become an important cog in the Tigers machine. Even at such a young age, the 6 foot 6 inch lock appeared off the bench in the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership Rugby final – making the penultimate carry before Freddie Burns’ famous drop goal.

The decision to extend his time with the Tigers has ensured that his international prospects will not be affected; keeping him in full contention to build upon his existing nine England caps this coming Six Nations.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 21: George Martin of England looks on prior to the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and South Africa at Stade de France on October 21, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

“I’m really happy to be staying with Tigers” Leicester Tigers lock, George Martin said.

“Coming through the Academy here, I get to come into work every day, play for a great club with my mates and I’m excited to work with Dan and develop in the program that we have here.

“It was great to get back on the field last week and Exeter is another big challenge for our group but playing for this club, in Leicester is special I’m looking forward to getting back home to Mattioli Woods Welford Road.”

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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 21: Cobus Reinach of South Africa clashes with George Martin of England during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 semi final match between England and South Africa at Stade de France on October 21, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers General Manager, Richard Wilks said: “For our Club, seeing a young man come in as an Academy player and develop to where George is now, knowing he’s still got so much growth, is tremendously rewarding.”

“The Rugby World Cup showed where George is going as a player and he’s brought that experience back to our environment and showed what a leader he can become in the future.

“He’s a player with Tiger’s DNA running through him; tough, physical and committed and we’re delighted he’s committed his future to the Club.”

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Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “George is an exceptional young player with the potential to grow in our program.

“At 22, he’s already got the physical tools and the mentality to perform at a high level and I’ve been really impressed with him since he’s returned to the club from the World Cup.”

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