Transfer News: Leicester confirm the signing of Wasps star
Back-rower Guy Thompson has agreed on a move to Leicester Tigers from Wasps for the start of the 2018/19 season.
The 30-year-old Thompson began his rugby career in the Gloucester Academy and had spells with Richmond and Jersey before returning to Premiership rugby with Wasps in 2013.
Thompson said: “Leicester is a club with so much success and prestige – and a history of great opensides like Neil Back and Lewis Moody that I grew up watching play for England – and when the opportunity came along, it was one I couldn’t turn down.
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The club is proud to announce the signing of Wasps back-rower Guy Thompson for the start of the 2018/19 season.
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“Playing at Welford Road has been one of my favourite away venues. It’s loud, it’s fierce and the crowd are right there for every hit. I’m looking forward to running out there as a home player.”
Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “Guy is a combative lad in the forward pack, he has a versatile skillset across the back-row positions and we think he adds some more options for us there.
“We look forward to welcoming him in the summer and working with him in the Tigers environment.”
Thompson has made almost 90 appearances in five seasons with Wasps and was nominated for the Premiership Try of the Season for a score against Tigers at Welford Road in 2013/14.