Leicester Tigers release Jonah Holmes

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Leicester Tigers have released Welsh winger Jonah Holmes from his contract, one season early. The move comes just two days since Holmes’ last contact with Wayne Pivac over a mover to Wales. 

Holmes coming home?

The Dragons have been set as favourites to sign the 27-year-old, who now seems set to continue his test career with a move to Wales on the horizon. The former Leicester player has been discussing a move with the Welsh setup for some time and this is now seen a chance to bring him home and include him in the 38 senior players group.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy thanked Holmes for his contribution to the club over the past three seasons.

“We thank Jonah for what he has given to Tigers, on and off the pitch, during his three seasons with us in Leicester and we wish him all the best ahead of his next chapter,” said Murphy.

“His progression in Leicester, since arriving from the Championship, to international has been well earned and, at his request, we have chosen not to stand in the way of Jonah’s move to Wales to further his Test career.”

The Director of Rugby in-waiting added that the departure of Holmes presented an opportunity for young outside-backs to put their hands up for selection.

“We are confident in the exciting crop of youngsters making their way up the ranks at the club to kick on and stake their claim in the senior group, alongside the current outside-backs we have as well as the additions we will be making in that area,” added Murphy.

“The make-up of a squad is a balancing act and we are focused on ensuring we have a well-rounded squad, across all positions, of players committed to the journey we are on at Tigers.”

Holmes added: “I want to thank the club and supporters for everything during my time at Tigers, I have enjoyed the opportunity to represent Leicester.

“The decision was not one I took lightly and, while I will miss representing Leicester Tigers, I am excited for what is ahead for me in my next chapter.”

Leicester have also announced the signing of Edinburgh and Scotland centre Matt Scott.

 

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