Young signs for Tigers

Newcastle scrum-half to switch Premiership alliegiance

By Jessica Bridge.   Last Updated: 18/04/11 12:57pm

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Young: Joining Leicester

Young: Joining Leicester

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Scrum-half Micky Young is to leave his hometown club Newcastle for Leicester at the end of the season.

Agreeing a two-year deal with the Premiership champions, Young will have to fight for a place with current England scrum-half Ben Youngs.

However the 22-year-old hopes the switch to Welford Road will further his own international hopes.

Young told The Journal: "It was the ambition that the club (Leicester) has got and the things that I have seen people do down there in terms of winning titles.

"I want to be part of something like that, and to try and further my own chances.

"There is real competition at the club with Ben Youngs being in the England squad, James Grindall who I know from Newcastle and a younger prospect like Sam Harrison, and I think that will be great in pushing me on as a player."

Challenge

Young also admitted the decision to leave Newcastle didn't come easy to him.

"It was a really tough decision - probably the most difficult of my life," he said.

"I am from the area and it has always meant a lot to me to represent the north east side.

"But I want to take on a new challenge and see what I can do with my life."

The England Saxons international will feature in the Falcons' survival match against his new club on Friday night.

"Every time I take the field for Newcastle I put 100% in, and that will never change until the very end of the season," Young said.

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