Tigers exit shocked Burns

Date published: March 8 2017

Freddie Burns has revealed his disappointment at the way he was told it would be best for him to leave Leicester Tigers and sign for Bath.

Burns is being replaced by George Ford at Welford Road next term, with the former going in the other direction to the Recreation Ground.

The 26-year-old, however, is upset with how his exit was confirmed as he was expecting to see out the final year of his deal at the club.

“I am really happy but I would be lying if I said I was happy with how it came about,” the fly-half told BBC Radio Leicester in an interview.

“I had a year on my contract. I’m a man of integrity and wanted to see it out.”

He added: “The direction the club wanted to go in was told to me and then I made the best decision to go home and represent my childhood club.”

“Everything keeps moving and I am really excited. I am disappointed with the way it came about and the way it was dealt with, but you cannot affect those things sometimes and you have to crack on.

“I have a lot of motivation in the last part of the season. Hopefully I can make it a successful one and I can leave with my held up high and with people thinking a lot of me.”