New contract for Fitzgerald

Date published: February 13 2017

Versatile forward Mike Fitzgerald is the latest member of the Leicester squad to agree new terms on extending his stay at Welford Road.

The 29-year-old joined the Tigers in the summer of 2015 and has made 44 appearances playing at lock and flanker, scoring four tries.

Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger welcomed the news that his fellow New Zealander has committed to the club and said: “Mike is a very good man to have around the squad. He has a great work ethic in training and on the pitch. With the experience he has gained in the last 18 months in English rugby we believe he will get even better in this environment.”

Fitzgerald joined the Tigers from the Chiefs before the start of the 2015/16 season and was chosen as Players’ Player of the Year as well as being shortlisted in the supporters’ awards as Player of the Year and Best Newcomer. He played in 25 games for the club, including semi-finals of Premiership and Champions Cup, during that campaign.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at the club so far and settled well here with my family. It was an easy decision to make to stay with the club,” Fitzgerald said.

“We’ve got a good group of boys and a very competitive set of forwards which helps everyone to improve.

“It’s been a great experience playing in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe for Leicester, and I always want to get better as a player. I’ve had a couple of seasons of experience here now and hope to keep improving and also use that experience to develop more as a leader within that group if I can.”