Leicester fly-half Toby Flood is reportedly a strong contender to take over the club captain responsibilities at the Tigers this season.
Leicester fly-half Toby Flood is reportedly a strong contender to take over the club captain responsibilities at the Tigers in the coming season.
With veteran full-back Geordan Murphy now having retired from playing, the 27-year-old Flood could be set to assume the role on a permanent basis.
Flood led Leicester in their Aviva Premiership Final win over Northampton Saints, with director of rugby Richard Cockerill weighing up his options.
“We are currently discussing that with Toby,” said Flood to the Leicester Mercury.
“With Geordan retiring, it opens the space up and, doing the job last season, it brought the best out of Toby, so he is a strong contender.
“But I need to discuss whether he wants to do it, and there are also plenty of other guys, like Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Jordan Crane, Dan Cole and Louis Deacon, who are all leaders in the squad and are possible options too.
“We have a lot of leaders in the squad.
“You also have to balance out who you want to do the job with who is likely to be away during the international period.
“I have always said that the captaincy is not an overly important part of the side.
“It is a focal point, but the leadership within the team is the most important thing for us and there is plenty of that.”