Tigers trio sign up for more
February 29, 2012
Anthony Allen has signed a new contract with Leicester © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers have agreed new contracts with Anthony Allen, Ed Slater and George Ford.
The Aviva Premiership heavyweights - currently fourth in the table - have been building for next season in recent weeks, also announcing new deals with No.8 Thomas Waldrom and youngster Sam Harrison.
Allen joined the Tigers in 2009 after gaining England caps while at Gloucester, cementing his place in the Leicester midfield with a series of mature displays. He was the club's Players' Player of the Season in 2010-11, while Slater has this year won honours with England Saxons.
The 23-year-old lock is approaching 50 games for the Welford Road outfit and Ford - elevated to the senior squad for the first time this season - is one of English rugby's most exciting prospects at fly-half, having starred at Under-20 level.
"Both Ed and Ant have established themselves as important parts of the first-team squad and they have a lot to offer," Tigers boss Richard Cockerill said. "Ed came to us after a spell in Australia and has made the most of his opportunities in his first experience at this level.
"We were delighted to see him called up to the Saxons this season, which shows just how well he has been playing for Leicester. Ant has a lot of experience for a player who is still just 25 years old and he is a very consistent player and a good leader in the squad.
"George is a very good young player who will keep getting better here. He has an excellent understanding of the game, a maturity that belies his experience at the highest level and a very level head on his shoulders."
Scrum-half James Grindal, meanwhile, has sealed his exit from the Tigers by agreeing a contract with Championship promotion-hopefuls Bristol.
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