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Prop Heyes agrees new deal with Tigers

Leicester Tigers are proud to announce that prop Joe Heyes has agreed new contract terms with the club.

Heyes, who made his senior  debut during the 2018/19 campaign as a replacement for Dan Cole in a Gallagher Premiership fixture at Wasps, came through the Tigers’ Notts Lincs and Derby development programme before joining the club’s academy in 2015.

As an academy player, Heyes represented England Under-18s and 20s before gaining promotion the Tigers development squad last season.

He went on to make 22 senior appearances in his debut senior season and is currently in Argentina at his second World Rugby Under-20s Championship.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “Joe was fast-tracked into senior rugby last season and showed great resilience throughout a tough and long campaign.

“He is in good hands under the guidance of Boris Stankovich and has come on in leaps and bounds in a short time already.

“It is very exciting that, at just 20 years of age, he still has a lot of improvement in him and wants to continue his development in Leicester.”

Heyes added: “Ever since I joined the club, Leicester have supported and guided me all the way to be a better person on and off the pitch.

“Geordie has a great vision for the future of the club and I want to play my part in it, however big or small it may be.

“Tigers was the first rugby club I supported and Welford Road was the first rugby venue I went to. So, to be able to play for Leicester Tigers at somewhere as special as Welford Road, in front of a passionate and enthusiastic crowd, is a dream come true.

“I want to keep learning and develop as much as I can. I just want to play for Leicester Tigers because it's a dream and I absolutely love wearing the shirt.”