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George Chuter signs new Leicester Tigers deal

Last Updated: 17/04/13 8:51am

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George Chuter: Looked set to leave Leicester this summer

George Chuter: Looked set to leave Leicester this summer

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Hooker George Chuter has signed a new one-year deal at Leicester Tigers.

The 36-year-old had looked set to depart Welford Road after being told by Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill there was no space for him in next season's squad following the recruitment of Neil Briggs from London Welsh.

However, the departure of Jimmy Stevens decision to reject a new deal and join London Irish instead means Cockerill has offered Chuter the chance to extend his Tigers career to 14 years.

"I spoke to Richard Cockerill before the Toulouse game and asked where I stood for next season," Chuter told the Leicester Mercury.

"When he told me they were not going to offer me a new deal, I was gutted and spent two weeks sulking.

"I had not put a lot of thought into what I was going to do next season and I spoke to other clubs during that time to see what was out there because I still feel that I have one or two more years of playing left in me.

"Then, Cockers phoned me up and told me that a space had opened up.

"I still feel good and if I can keep myself in good shape, I still have the hunger to compete.

"I know I will be fourth choice and I will play some rugby in the second team. I will also be helping the front-rowers and mentoring some of the younger lads."

Cockerill said: "George will have a player/mentor role within the club next season. (Academy player) Harry Thacker will stay with us and it will be good for him to have George around.

"George is the sort of guy we would like to keep for a long time if there was no salary cap.

"Now, after a change in circumstances, George is going to be staying with us and I expect him to have a very positive influence on all of our props and hookers."

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