Good news: England star agrees new deal with Leicester Tigers

Martin played a starring role for England in the Rugby World Cup and has now agreed to remain with Tigers, after coming through the club’s academy; the 22-year-old lock has agreed a “multi-year deal” to stay with Leicester

England lock George Martin, who shone at this year’s Rugby World Cup, has signed to a new deal with Leicester Tigers.

Throughout the competition, the 22-year-old stood out for Steve Borthwick’s team, and in the semi-final, he gave an incredible performance against South Africa.

After making his initial breakthrough into the Tigers group back in 2019, he now appears poised for a great international career.

In Sunday’s Investec Champions Cup triumph against Stade Francais, Martin made his comeback to Tigers action, and his physical strength in defense and with the ball in hand was just as visible as it was back in October when he played on the international stage in Paris.

Unsurprisingly, the Tigers have taken steps to lock down their standout academy alum, announcing in a statement that they have agreed to a “multi-year deal”.

“I’m really happy to be staying with Tigers,” said Martin.

“After going through the Academy here, I get to play for a fantastic club with my friends, come to work every day, and I’m excited to work with Dan (head coach of the Tigers), develop in our program, and work with Dan.”

“Playing for this club in Leicester is unique, and it was nice to come back on the field last week. Exeter is another major test for our bunch. I can’t wait to return to Mattioli Woods Welford Road, my hometown.”

George Martin clashes with South Africa's Cobus Reinach during the fraught World Cup clash in October

Leicester general manager Richard Wilks admitted the Rugby World Cup showcased to the world what the Tigers have known for a while with Martin: that they have an absolute star on their hands.

“For our club, seeing a young man come in as an academy player and develop to where George is now, knowing he’s still got so much growth, is tremendously rewarding,” Wilks said.

“The Rugby World Cup highlighted where George is headed as a player and he’s carried that experience back to our environment and proved what a leader he can become in the future.

“He’s a player with Tiger’s DNA running through him; tough, physical and committed and we’re delighted he’s committed his future to the Club.”

Martin, who attended the club’s academy, debuted in 2019 and has since accrued 69 caps for the team. He also made an appearance in the 2021/22 Premiership final as a substitute.

Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “George is a great young athlete with the ability to improve in our program.

“At 22, he’s already got the physical tools and the mentality to perform at a high level and I’ve been really impressed with him since he’s returned to the club from the World Cup.”

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