Burns vows to win over Tigers fans

Date published: August 26 2014

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Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns says he is relishing the challenge of adapting to a new environment since his move from Gloucester.

Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns says he is relishing the challenge of adapting to a new environment since his move from Gloucester.

The five-cap England international's switch to Welford Road was one of the most high-profile transfers of the offseason and the 24-year-old insists he is working hard to get up to speed at his new club.

“It was a bit weird to play with a different badge on, but you have to throw yourself into it and that is what I tried to do,” Burns told the Leicester Mercury.

“I enjoy living in Leicester and it was nice to get those famous colours on and get a hit-out in the kit,” he said after Saturday's 11-10 win over Edinburgh in a pre-season friendly.

“It has been tricky getting used to the different systems here because there is a lot more detail at Leicester – but I have had four weeks' training so I am pretty comfortable to call the shots.”

Burns said his move away from Kingsholm was motivated by his ambition to fulfil his potential.

“It was always going to be a massive challenge leaving Gloucester,” he explained.

“But I had to make a decision and the question that I asked myself was, 'Do I want to be the best player that I can be?'

“I want a successful career and I see myself having that at Leicester.

“I love Gloucester and I will never hear a bad word said about the club.

“But I thought the move was the right one and now it is about working hard to prove that it was the right decision to come here.

“There is lots to learn and the whole game-management side of things to get used to.

“It probably won't be perfect for a few weeks but I have just got to keep working hard and take my opportunity and, hopefully, I can get the fans on my side.”

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