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New Tigers deal for Croft

England flanker Tom Croft has signed a new contract with Premiership champions Leicester.

The 25-year-old's new deal, the length of which has not been specified by the club, extends a Leicester career that began in 2005.

Croft, capped 22 times by England and a British and Irish Lions Test player in South Africa last year, is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury sustained during England's final autumn Test against the Springboks two weeks ago.

He is believed to have been a target for top English and French clubs.

"Everyone here is delighted that Tom has signed a new contract," said Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill. "He came through our academy and is now a top-class player.

"He really wanted to stay, the club really wanted him to stay and we're very happy that the details have been agreed and he has signed.

"'Crofty' epitomises the spirit of the club, and he is already seen as a senior player at a relatively young age.

"He is another example of how well players can develop within our environment. He proves what hard work and determination can do in the game, and that sets a great example for other young players.

"He is not new on the international scene, but he is now being talked about as a world-class player at the very top end of the game. And, at 25, he can get even better.

"His decision to re-sign shows that we can hold on to our players. It's not just about money, it's about playing for the club you love, and Tom appreciates this is a good environment to work in and improve in."


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