Ellis Genge, Manu Tuilagi & George Ford Could All Be Set To Leave Leicester In Mass Exodus
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Leicester Tigers could be in big trouble with a number of their top players on the verge of leaving the club following a pay cut dispute that caused serious unrest at the Premiership side.
Sportsmail are reporting that the Tigers are in complete and utter “disarray” and could lose up to a dozen players if an agreement over enforced pay cuts is not reached today (Tuesday).
The report states that Leicester’s top nine earners, including England trio Manu Tuilagi, George Ford Ellis Genge are yet to be tied down to reduced contracts – and could be about to become free agents.
An agreement must be met between the players and the club by close of play today or they will all be free to leave as their contracts will effectively be terminated. Leicester are believed to have set a deadline of 5pm today for players to declare whether they are in or out.
Genge has been hugely vocal on social media regarding the issues facing players at the moment and has been linked with a move home to Bristol in a move that would see him link up in the front-row with longtime friend and international teammate, Kyle Sinckler.
Argentinian lock Tomas Lavanini, New Zealand flanker Jordan Taufua and Tongan full-back Telusa Veainu are all rumoured to be off to France, while Ford and Tuilagi would likely have plenty of suitors.
The next few weeks will be crucial for Premiership clubs in particular as they try to balance their books ahead of next season while at the same time try and keep a hold of their best players – something that looks to be getting increasingly difficult.