Leicester Tigers agree deals for Tom Brady and George McGuigan
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 29/02/16 3:58pm
Leicester Tigers have agreed moves for Sale Sharks wing Tom Brady and Newcastle Falcons' hooker George Mcguigan.
McGuigan started his career for the Falcons and his coach Dean Richards has expressed his disappointment at the news he will be losing a regular first team player.
"We are bitterly disappointed that George has chosen to leave the club where he began his professional rugby career," Richards said.
"Over the last few years we have invested a great deal into George's development and had high hopes for his future progression at the club and his development into an international player, so it is disappointing to hear that he no longer wishes to be part of what we are building at Newcastle Falcons.
"Having already made over fifty first team appearances, we would have expected George to continue to gain valuable experience by playing regular Aviva Premiership Rugby and enhance his international prospects.
"While it is a shame to see that development at Kingston Park cease, the vacancy will open opportunities for others to grow here at Newcastle as Mark Wilson and Scott Wilson have done."
Brady has spent his entire career at Sale Sharks amassing over 100 appearances since his debut in 2008 against Newcastle.
"Tom has a lot of ability in the wide channels and has a decent try-scoring record. We think he can kick on again at Leicester and look forward to welcoming him during the summer," said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
The winger is excited at the prospect of joining a giant in European rugby, but stressed how much he values the time he spent play for his local team.
"As a local lad, playing for Sale Sharks has been a dream come true, I have loved my time at the club," said Brady.
"However, the opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe doesn't come along every day and I'm massively excited at the prospect of joining Leicester Tigers next season."