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Tigers to welcome Chessum in summer

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Leicester Tigers have agreed terms to sign young forward Oliver Chessum ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Chessum, currently with Nottingham Rugby in the Championship, was a member of the England Under-20s training squad this season and took part in the Tigers Academy programme in 2019, as well previously representing England Counties.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “Ollie is a local youngster and someone we have had an eye on since his junior days.

“After a great season with Nottingham, he’s earned the opportunity and we are excited about where we believe he can go and what he can do for the club.

“We want young men who understand what it means to be a Tigers player and what it takes to represent Leicester, which we believe he will do with the passion and pride we expect.”

The 19-year-old Chessum, who also featured for Tigers in the Premiership Rugby Shield earlier this season, admitted he was “buzzing” ahead of making the move to Leicester.

“I am absolutely buzzing, to be honest,” he said.

“I’ve been a supporter since I was able to pick up a rugby ball and only a couple of years ago I was in the stands watching as a fan.

“To have the opportunity to learn from and work with guys like Tom Youngs and other experienced internationals is great and I hope to be able to excel while working under Steve Borthwick in the forward pack.

“Tigers want to develop young, local players like me and that’s massive.”

Chessum’s addition follows the confirmed signings of fellow forwards Cyle Brink and Shalva Mamukashvili, and backs Nemani Nadolo and Zack Henry.