Tigers trio sign new deals
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dan Hipkiss, James Hamilton and Tom Croft have all signed new contracts with Leicester.
Leicester trio Dan Hipkiss, James Hamilton and Tom Croft have all signed new contracts with the Guinness Premiership club.
The three players have been rewarded for their continued progress this season, with Hipkiss playing his 50th game for the Tigers, Hamilton earning two Scotland caps and Croft representing the England Sevens.
Coach Pat Howard is delighted that the deals have been done.
He said: "Dan has really stepped up this season. He is a far more rounded player and we really believe he has taken another step forward in his development.
"I was really disappointed that he was not involved in the England A set-up but the challenge and the goal must now be for him to become an international player.
"Big Jim has got his two caps for Scotland this season and the big challenge for him now is to become the number one second row at the club. There is big competition in that area but that has to be the goal for him.
"Crofty is a very athletic guy and he had a really good pre-season but then an injury hampered his start to the campaign. We are hoping that he can now replicate that early form in the second half of the season.
"In terms of all of the contract signings, these are players who we not only believe are playing well this season but also have more to come and we hope that they will continue to be part of a happy and successful Leicester Tigers side."