Murphy commits to Tigers

Leicester Tigers back Johne Murphy has signed a new contract with the club.

The 23-year-old who plays at full-back or on the wing, joined Tigers on a loan spell from Irish side Naas during the 2005/06 season and has gone on to make 44 first-team appearances since making his debut against Harlequins in September 2006.

“I’ve loved my time with Tigers,” said Murphy on the Tigers website. “They looked after me when I injured my knee when I first came and they’ve shown me a lot of loyalty.

“I keep having to pinch myself this year. It’s been brilliant playing with the quality of players we have here.”

He added: “They’ve all helped me improve so much and, hopefully, I can keep improving as a player.

“We’re in the EDF Energy Cup Final this weekend and we’re keen to make a real push in the Guinness Premiership as well so things are really enjoyable here at the moment.”

Tigers head coach Marcelo Loffreda added: “It’s good news for the club. He has been in very impressive form this season and we think he has a bright future.

“We are all glad that his future will be here with Tigers.”

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