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Tigers hope to keep Goneva

24th March 2014 06:52

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes the club is "a long way down the line" to securing the future services of Vereniki Goneva.

Goneva, who has been in great form this season, has been linked with a move to the Top 14, but Cockerill says talks with the Tigers are ongoing.

"Niki is not under contract to anyone at this point for next season, but we are a long way down the line to sorting that out, so I am hopeful that will be the case," he said after his side defeated Exeter.

"In the world of rugby never say never, so until it's signed I am as confident as I can be. But I am always slightly more pessimistic than optimistic.

"We have got a good environment here. Niki came from Tarbes and we gave him the opportunity. He was in the shop-window, we look after him and we pay him as well.

"We are not going to match the French financially, none of us in the Premiership can, but what we can offer him is good coaching and a good environment.

"You saw today, he is enjoying himself. He wants to be part of this team because he likes it. We are a big club, let's not forget that."

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