Tigers sign up in-form full-back

Date published: October 6 2014

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Leicester Tigers have brought in former Wasps full-back Tommy Bell from Jersey after Mathew Tait went down at the weekend.

Leicester Tigers have brought in former Wasps full-back Tommy Bell from Jersey after Mathew Tait went down at the weekend.

It’s not yet clear whether Tait, who started at full-back in the loss away to Gloucester, will be out long-term, but Tigers have acted quickly to bring in Bell.

The 21-year-old moved to Jersey over the off-season after two years with Wasps, and had made a flying start to the season, earning a nomination for the Championship’s player of the month award for September.

Bell is very versatile, having also played at fly-half and in the centres, and with Leicester’s injury worries, which include the absences of Manu Tuilagi, Scott Hamilton and Gonzalo Camacho, he might be used elsewhere.

For Jersey, the loss is a blow, but chairman Bill Dempsey admitted that he had not expected to be able to keep the youngster, who had a clause in his contract which allowed him to be released if a Premiership club was keen on him.

“We are very sorry to lose Tommy, he has been one of our stand-out players,” Dempsey told the club’s website.

“I think we knew that he would probably end up returning to the Premiership, although we’d hoped this wouldn’t have been until the end of this season.

“Having said that, Tommy’s form has shown he is definitely capable of playing at the top level of the domestic game and we have no wish to stand in the way of his ambitions.

“We’d like to thank him for the contribution he’s made since coming to Jersey in June and wish him all the best for the future.”

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