London Irish sign Leicester Tigers utility back Tommy Bell
Last Updated: 17/02/16 12:43pm
London Irish have signed Leicester Tigers utility back Tommy Bell on a long-term deal.
The 23-year-old, who is comfortable playing at both fly-half and full-back, has amassed 123 points in 25 outings in all competitions for the Tigers.
Bringing attacking flair and an intelligent kicking game to the ranks, the former England U18 and U20 international is excited to have made the switch to the capital.
He said: "I am delighted to be joining London Irish next season. The training facilities and infrastructure is very impressive and, having met the coaches, there is a clear vision of where they want to take the club which is exciting."
Born in Plymouth, Bell grew up in Lancashire and began his career at Sale Sharks, before being snapped up by Wasps where he played alongside his older brother Chris.
Having met the coaches, there is a clear vision of where they want to take the club which is exciting.
Tommy Bell on move to London Irish
Following a two-year stint with Wasps, Bell joined Championship outfit Jersey in the summer of 2014, and his impressive form for the Channel Islanders earned him a move back to the Aviva Premiership with Leicester.
Bell made his Tigers debut against Irish in the LV= Cup last season, and was nominated for the competition's Breakthrough Player Award after a string of eye-catching displays.
Exiles head of rugby operations Glenn Delaney is delighted to have signed Bell, saying, "Tommy is an excellent addition to our squad for next season. He has great game management skills and is an outstanding goal kicker, who will bolster our backline options."