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Croft wins player of the month vote

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Tom Croft has won the first fans' vote of the season to land the Lumbers Player of the Month Award for September.

Croft played a leading role in Tigers’ first win of the season, the 15-9 Guinness premiership success over Harlequins at The Twickenham Stoop.

Now he is in contention for the Tigers Player of the Season award, with a Graham watch worth more than £4,500 to be awarded by Lumbers.

Head coach Richard Cockerill said: “The attitude of Tom and the whole of the Tigers squad has been excellent. The aim now is to build on a solid start and the performances over the opening month of the season.”

Croft said: “I think we are progressing as a team and the performances are encouraging. Leicester supporters are the best going, the best supporters you can have. The new Caterpillar Stand, running out to that for a home game, I don’t think you can beat it.”

Leicester jeweller Lumbers is again hosting the voting for the monthly awards via its website at www.lumbers.co.uk where supporters can have their say on the October Player of the Month.

Dominic Gomersall, managing director of Lumbers, said: “Tom has got off to a good start this season, after last season impressing all Tigers fans and wider supporters of England, the Lions and rugby generally. Good luck to him for the rest of this season.”