England international Ellis Genge has committed his immediate future with Leicester Tigers after signing a new deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.
Genge, who captained Hartpury College to victory in the AASE league at the age of 16 started his senior career with Bristol Bears in 2013 and moved to Welford Road three years later.
Since his arrival, he became a regular with Leicester Tigers and has played over 50 Premiership games scoring four tries.
“Leicester is the club for me going forward and I am genuinely over the moon to be re-signing,” he told the official website of the club.
“The only way is up … it will be positive, I wouldn’t have signed if I didn’t believe that.”
Genge made his Test debut for England in May 2016 against Wales and has gone on to play 14 international games including two matches in the recently concluded World Cup in Japan.
“We’re aware it’s not the Tigers of old … it’s a new generation, the next generation,” said Genge.
“We need to make our own legacy.
“I can see where this club is going, I know where it’s going to end up and that’s all that matters to me.”
Meanwhile, Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy expressed his delight in retaining the services of Genge.
Ellis is still a very young man and it is scary how much more he can grow and improve … it’s hugely exciting,” said Murphy.
“He has all the potential in the world and we’re beginning to see that, because of the hard work he has put in.
“He’s worked hard with Boris Stankovich and Brett Deacon and you can see the improvement he has made because of that.”
Leicester Tigers had a struggling start to the Premiership after managing a solitary win from seven games and are positioned 11th in the table.