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Cole Signs New Tigers Contract
England prop signs up for three more years
Posted Dec 20, 2011 by Chris White
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Leicester have been boosted by the news that England prop Dan Cole has signed a new three-year contract, keeping him at Welford Road until the end of the 2015 season.
Cole, who has come through the ranks at Leicester, made his England debut in 2010 and has become a vital part of Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill’s first fifteen. Cockerill said “We have agreed terms with Dan on a three year deal, which is great news.
“Dan’s a local lad who has come through our academy. He’s 24 now and I’ve coached him for eight years so we know each other very well. He wants to play for this club, which is the most important thing, he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. We have done everything we can to try and keep him for all the right reasons. Firstly because he’s a world class player, and secondly there is no point bringing these players on just to see them leave in their prime.”
Cole made his debut for Leicester in October 2007 against Bath in the EDF Energy Cup, but spent most of that season out on loan at Bedford. By the start of the 2008/09 season, he was a vital part of the first team, and has barely looked back since, going on to make more than 70 games for the club in the various competitions, helping the Tigers maintain their record as a real force in the Aviva Premiership.