Burns looking to inspire Leicester

Freddie BurnsFreddie Burns says he now feels settled in at new club Leicester (11/4 Grand Final outright) and is looking forward to helping the Tigers push for a Grand Final place in the upcoming season.

The England fly-half recently made the move to Welford Road from boyhood side Gloucester and will be looking to restore his reputation after a difficult last 12 months at Kingsholm in which he appeared to suffer from a lack of confidence and often found himself on the bench.

With Toby Flood leaving for Toulouse, the 24-year-old seems likely to fill the vacant number 10 shirt for the East Midlanders this season, as Richard Cockerill’s men look to improve on last term when they finished third in the table before going down in the play-offs to Northampton.

Burns’ ability to play flat on the gainline will undoubtedly give Leicester more options, while his accuracy with the boot means he can also guide his new team’s formidable pack around the park.

After making his debut in Saturday’s 11-10 friendly victory over Edinburgh, the playmaker says he now feels comfortable in his new surroundings and is hoping to become a star at one of Europe’s biggest clubs, starting on September 6 against Newcastle (Match Betting – Leicester 1/20, draw 33/1, Newcastle 8/1).

“It has been tricky getting used to the different systems here because there is a lot more detail at Leicester – but I have had four weeks’ training so I am pretty comfortable to call the shots,” he told reporters. It was always going to be a massive challenge leaving Gloucester.”

“But I had to make a decision and the question that I asked myself was, ‘Do I want to be the best player that I can be?’ I want a successful career and I see myself having that at Leicester.”


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