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Jono Kitto, George Catchpole and Jack Roberts sign new deals with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers have agreed new contract terms with Jono Kitto, George Catchpole and Jack Roberts beyond the end of the current season.

New Zealand-born Kitto moved to Welford Road earlier this season and, after making his debut against Wasps in November, he marked with first start with a try in the bonus-point win over London Irish on Sunday.
 
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Jono is a young man who came here to challenge himself at a high level and he's settled in well. He is working hard on his game with Scott Hansen, Aaron Mauger and the rest of the coaching team.
 
"We have a good group of players at scrum-half and Jono will only get better as he develops alongside Ben Youngs, Sam Harrison and George Tresidder."
 
Kitto, 23, said: "I've enjoyed my time at the club this season and I was very keen to stay. It is a great club and it's a privilege to play here and a great environment to work in."
 
Catchpole joined the Tigers academy from school in Norfolk and won England age-group honours before making his senior debut in November 2013. He played a prominent part in the club's run to the LV= Cup semi-finals last season as well as gaining experience in the Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup.
 
Director of rugby Cockerill said: "George is a good young player who has grown up within the Tigers environment. He established himself in the senior squad last season and with top-quality senior players around him, and Aaron Mauger and Geordan Murphy among the coaching team, we think he can continue to grow his game here."
 
Catchpole, 22, said: "I've been here a while now after coming into the academy and it's a great place to play your rugby. I enjoyed the experience when I got into the team last year and I want to keep working hard so I can make the most of those opportunities."
 
Roberts joined Tigers from Championship side Rotherham at the start of 2014/15 and played in the historic fixture against the Barbarians as well as in the run to the LV= Cup semi-finals in his first season.
 
Born in North Wales, Roberts played in the Welsh Premiership with Llandovery before reaching the Championship play-offs with Rotherham.
 
Cockerill said: "Jack has worked very hard since coming into the squad and he wants to challenge himself to be the best player he can be here. We have a very competitive backline and he has good people to learn from and develop with here."
 
Roberts, 24, said: "I've really enjoyed my time at the club and now I'm looking forward to staying and being able to take my opportunities when they come."
 

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