Leicester Tigers will welcome Lachlan Shelley to the club ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The English-qualified outside back joins Leicester from Sydney-based club Eastwood after previously being a member of the Waratahs Academy.
Shelley played his junior rugby in Gosford, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, and represented NSW Country at age-grade levels.
In 2018, Shelley joined Eastwood and represented the Shute Shield club at Colts level before being selected to represent NSW Country Eagles that same season in the Under-19s Rugby Championship.
Shelley featured for the Eagles for the next two seasons, earning selection in the Junior Wallabies squad in 2020 and making the step up to senior rugby as part of the Shute Shield squad for Eastwood in 2021 and 2022.
Speaking about the addition of Shelley, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “Lachlan is young man who possesses a great desire to learn and improve and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Leicester Tigers.”
“He has a lot of raw talent, pace and skill, of which we he is keen to improve upon and we believe he can at our club, as well as growing as a player and person on and off the pitch.
“From what we have seen of Lachlan in the Shute Shield for Eastwood, as well as his experiences with the New South Wales Waratahs Academy and age grade national sides in Australia, we have been impressed and believe he will be a good addition to our outside backs at Tigers.”
Discussing the move to Tigers, Shelley said: “I am excited about this chance to join a club like Leicester Tigers, working with players of the calibre that are at the club and under Steve Borthwick.”
“I got a taste of it at the Waratahs, being around world class players, and can’t wait for this opportunity to experience that again at Leicester Tigers.
“I like the style of rugby and it excites me to have this chance to be a part of it, to learn and develop in such a professional environment.”
Position: Outside Back
Birthplace: Gosford, New South Wales
Date of birth: 26/7/2000
Teams: Central Coast, Eastwood, NSW Country