LEICESTER Tigers have finally confirmed the signing of Freddie Burns.
As reported in the Citizen for several months the 24-year-old fly-half will move to Welford Road in the summer.
Following widespread speculation Gloucester confirmed in January that the maverick star had not agreed a new contract at Kingsholm.
His move to Leicester was one of the worst kept secrets in rugby but the Tigers frustratingly refused to confirm the signing throughout the remainder of a season in which Burns suffered an alarming loss of form and confidence.
But after announcing his signature this evening, director of rugby Richard Cockerill claimed the England international would thrive in his new environment.
He said: “Freddie is a very good player and he has had a tough year. It will take him a little while to adapt but he will benefit from our environment.
“He will be playing in a good side that is very disciplined. He will be asked to conform to what we do and how we do things and he will be better for it – as Toby Flood was after he joined us.
“Issues with players generally come from lack of leadership. He will know exactly what is required from us as a club and as coaches.”
Burns is a direct replacement for Toby Flood, who will join Toulouse, but he will still face major competition for the number 10 jersey following the impressive emergence of Owen Williams.
Leicester have also signed Fijian fly-half Seremaia Bai, Tongan centre Christian Loamanu, and Italian forwards Robert Barbieri and Leonardo Ghiraldini.