Injured Hawkins gets new Tigers deal
March 29, 2012
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Rob Hawkins has signed a new contract with Leicester Tigers less than two weeks after suffering a broken elbow.
The 28-year-old hooker was injured in the final of the LV=Cup against Northampton in an incident which saw Calum Clark cited by the Rugby Football Union. Hawkins had surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the BBC: "Rob is our player. He got injured for us and we'll look after him. He's a good player. We are waiting for the letter from the specialist to see the damage and what the expected return to play is. It will be 10 or 12 weeks at least and may be a bit longer so we'll just have to see."
The length of the contract has not been disclosed but Cockerill insists it was always their intention to offer the hooker, who has made 12 appearances for the Tigers this season, a new deal.
"We verbally agreed a contract a few weeks ago which hadn't been signed," he added. "Since then he's signed that and I have signed it. Rob got an opportunity to play and prove himself and what's the most disappointing thing is that now that has been cut short and hampered by what was a pretty avoidable incident."
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