Ford set to pen new Tigers deal
February 13, 2012
Aged just 18 years old, George Ford looks set to stay at the Tigers © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers have tied down IRB Young Player of the Year George Ford onto a new deal, according to reports.
The Leicester Mercury claims that Ford - who was attracting interest from around the Aviva Premiership - has opted to sign a new deal with the Welford Road side with his current contract expiring at the end of the season. Ford has been on loan at Leeds for part of this season with Toby Flood, Billy Twelvetrees and Jeremy Staunton all vying for the fly-half berth at the Tigers.
But with Twelvetrees moving on at the end of the season to Gloucester and Staunton reportedly set for the exit door at Welford Road, Ford will contest with Flood for the half-back spot - something Ford has his eyes firmly set on.
"I know I just have to carry on working hard in training and playing as hard as I can when I get the chance," Ford told the Leicester Mercury. "I would like to be pushing on into the match-day 23 on a regular basis this season.
"It's massive for my development being at this club and training with the players and coaches that are here."
But one man rumoured to be on the verge of joining Leicester is London Irish fly-half Dan Bowden. The Kiwi will add another option to the fly-half arsenal, but Tigers boss Richard Cockerill is looking forward to seeing Ford develop under the guidance of Flood and head coach Matt O'Connor.
"The experience George has had with us this year has made him more comfortable in the senior game," Cockerill said. "Fordy is a good young player who has the capacity to become an exceptional player."
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