Tigers dispute going to the wire
Leicester Tigers players holding out against signing amended contracts have been told their fate will be decided by the club’s board tomorrow if they do not agree terms.
The group of players numbers in double figures. Tonight is the deadline that has been presented to them to decide whether they want to stay on new deals or leave.
Today is a day off for the players and doubles up as Steve Borthwick’s official starting date as head coach. With Geordan Murphy moving to the post of director of rugby, it would appear that his first task will be to discuss with board members the futures of any individuals who do not sign.
Jan McGinity, the club’s head of elite performance recruitment, has been holding a daily Zoom call with the agents of all affected players in an effort to coordinate Leicester’s messaging, and it is understood that there are two main gripes among those holding out.
The first issue is how the club used the window between June 10, when the Premiership salary cap reduction was decided, and June 18 – the cut-off for “existing contracts” of which only 75 per cent would count towards the revised cap of £5.4 million. Leicester tied down around 18 players, but not the full squad, to longer deals. The second issue, The Daily Telegraph understands, is that Leicester have not committed in writing to any further pay cuts stopping after July 1, 2021.
The Telegraph approached Leicester for comment but they were yet to produce a response.