Tigers seal Tait deal

England international hoping for a fresh start

Last Updated: 14/07/11 9:27am

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Tait: Confirmed as a Leicester player

Tait: Confirmed as a Leicester player

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Leicester have finally confirmed the signing of England centre Mathew Tait from Sale.

The 25-year-old, who has been capped 38 times and starred in the 2007 World Cup final, has long been linked with a move to Welford Road - with Tait released early by the Sharks following an injury-hit spell in the north west.

However Leicester have now officially unveiled Tait as a Tigers player, with director of rugby Richard Cockerill expecting big things from the versatile back.

"We think Mathew is an excellent addition to the squad," he said.

"He has gained a lot of experience for a player who is still just 25 years old and he has played at the highest level, including the World Cup final in 2007.

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"But he is still young, he is still ambitious and he wants to challenge himself here."

Tait had joined Sale from Newcastle Falcons but he is looking forward to a new challenge after a knee injury and a dislocated shoulder hampered his time at Edgeley Park.

"The move to Leicester Tigers gives me a great opportunity to continue my development as a player and I know there is still a lot to come in my career," said Tait, who can also play at wing and full-back.

"I've enjoyed some great times in the game already and I still have ambitions and goals to achieve in rugby.

"There is a superb set-up at Leicester and a very competitive squad. I'm looking forward to trying to establish myself in the team here."

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