Tom Hardwick has recommitted to Leicester Tigers after agreeing a new deal with the club.
An England representative at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 age groups, Hardwick graduated from the Tigers Academy in 2017 and made his senior debut in November that year in an Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture away to Bath.
"The chance to learn from a legend like Geordie [Murphy] is one I feel fortunate to have and want to keep getting his advice and learning from him."Tom Hardwick
Hardwick has since made 29 appearances for the senior side in all competitions and, as an accomplished goal-kicker, registered 113 points from the kicking tee.
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said he was excited to see the Tigers Academy product continue to develop in Leicester.
“Tom is a talented and versatile member of the backline who, at only 20 years old, has a lot of growth left in him,” said Murphy.
“It’s exciting for us as a club to have him recommit after seeing what he has achieved since joining the Academy and rising through the ranks to the senior squad.
“Tom understands what it means to be a part of this club and that’s incredibly important for us moving forward on this journey.”
Speaking about his new deal with the club, Hardwick said he was pleased to confirm his future at the club he considers “home”.
“This club is my home, I am really happy here and happy to have agreed this new deal,” said Hardwick.
“I want to be a part of getting Tigers back on top and having success in Leicester.”
The 20-year-old also pointed towards his team-mates as major reasons in wanting to remain at the club.
“I have been here five years, since joining the Academy and come through the grades with guys I am now playing senior rugby with and I want to keep being able to do that with them,” Hardwick added.
“The opportunity to work alongside and learn from guys like George Ford and Kyle Eastmond, as well as compete for spots with them, is something I want to continue to do here at Tigers.
“As well as the playing group and environment we have here, the chance to learn from a legend like Geordie [Murphy] is one I feel fortunate to have and want to keep getting his advice and learning from him.
“We also have the exciting prospect of Steve [Borthwick] coming in, which will be big for the club moving forward and the squad is excited about.”