In a move that was mooted since his decision to depart Bath in the summer, England out-half George Ford has re-signed with his former club, Leicester Tigers.
Currently entrenched in the England camp, Ford is doing his part as the Red Rose bid to defend their Six Nations crown. While on the first of two breaks in the test series, 23-year-old Ford has taken the time to put pen to paper with the club he left in 2013 for Leeds.
Now, with confirmation coming via the BBC that he is to leave Bath at the end of the season, Ford will link up with fellow England teammate Manu Tuilagi at Welford Road.
Despite being contracted with Bath until 2018, Ford was given permission to leave in recent months and since then speculation has been rife over where he might end up.
It had appeared that Sale Sharks were favourites to sign the dynamic half-back but following the admission that they were no longer in the running, Leicester assumed the top spot of potential destinations.
It was reported previously, via the Daily Mail, that Leicester had been preparing a massive deal for the England international, one that would ‘break the bank’ and see Ford contracted with the midlands side until 2018.
Now, with his future set, he can put all his focus into ensuring that England successfully defend their Six Nations title, and in doing, potentially break New Zealand’s 18-match winning streak in the process.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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