Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy has confirmed the players who will leave the club when their contracts end at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
Backs Adam Thompstone, EW Viljoen and Joe Thomas are moving on, as are forwards Tatafu Polota-Nau, Gaston Cortes, Sione Kalamafoni, Owen Hills, Will Spencer.
Murphy, who becomes director of rugby, thanked all those leaving.
“In their own way, over their own different periods of time, they have all added to the history of Leicester,” Murphy told the club’s website.
Tigers were 11th in the Premiership, the same position they finished in 2018-19. when the season was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The club had previously announced that England international Jonny May, Wales winger Jonah Holmes, Sam Harrison and Guy Thompson are leaving the club. and it has also been revealed that defence coach Phil Blake is moving on.
Full List of Leicester Tigers Departees
(Bold denotes Development Squad player)
Joe Batley (Loan expired)
Ifereimi Boladau (Loan Expired)
Sam Costelow (confirmed to Scarlets)
Andy Forsyth (Loan expired)
Jonny May (confirmed to Gloucester)
Rory Hughes (Loan expired)
Leicester Tigers | Four perfect replacements for Jonny May
Leicester Tigers have already lost Jonny May to Gloucester and Jonah Holmes to Dragons, which severely depletes their wide-men ranks.
They have already signed Fijian powerhouse Nemani Nadolo for next season, but need reinforcements with Rory Hughes also set to depart when his loan from Glasgow expires.
Here’s a list of four wingers who would be seen as great signings for Tigers:
1. Marland Yarde
Tigers were linked with the England international speedster before the quarantine began.
There was then a report from The Rugby Paper that he’d signed a new deal with Sale, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
If Tigers can get him in, the 27-year-old would guarantee tries as long as he remains fit.
Absolutely a player to consider.