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Northampton sign Leicester full-back Greig Tonks

Greig Tonks
Tonks toured with England U-18s and also played for the U-19s

Northampton have added Leicester full-back Greig Tonks to their squad for next season.

The 20-year-old, who came through the academy at Welford Road, has been on loan at Nottingham, but played in the LV= Cup for the Tigers.

"It's a good opportunity for me to be involved in a growing club that has proved itself this season," said Tonks.

"They've been playing exciting and intelligent rugby, which will be good to be a part of."

He added: "They've got a squad full of quality players, but I'm looking at that as healthy competition and I'm going to give it the best shot I can.

"Hopefully I'll have a good pre-season, get involved in a few games and take it from there."

He is an intelligent rugby player who can play in a variety of positions

Saints director Jim Mallinder

Tonks, who can also play on the wing and at centre, has had three seasons of Championship rugby on loan at Nottingham.

He scored 133 points in 25 appearances this season.

"There's no alternative to playing and I've gained match experience with Nottingham," he said.

"I believe I'm as ready as I am to play, which I hope will stand me in good stead for next season."

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "Although he is young, Greig has played a lot of rugby for a successful team in a competitive league.

"He is an intelligent rugby player who can play in a variety of positions, which is important as we prepare for the challenges of the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup next season."

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