Leicester Tigers confirm the signing of Harry Potter
Leicester Tigers have signed English-qualified, versatile back Harry Potter from Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels.
The 22-year-old, capable of playing in the midfield and outside-backs, was born in London and lived in the UK for a decade before his family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia.
Potter has previously represented NSW Country Eagles and Melbourne Rising in Australia’s National Rugby Championship before signing a professional contract with the Rebels in 2019.
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“I was so inspired by what I heard in chats with the club and what is ahead for Leicester Tigers, it was too good an opportunity to pass on" - Harry Potter
Since 2016, Potter has appeared for Sydney University in the Shute Shield competition under the guidance of incoming Tigers attack coach Rob Taylor and played a starring role in the club’s back-to-back Premiership title-winning campaigns.
Speaking about the addition of the Potter, soon-to-be Tigers Director of Rugby Geordan Murphy said the “promising” young back was an exciting signing for the club.
“Harry is a very talented young man who we are extremely excited about adding to our group here in Leicester,” said Murphy.
“At only 22, he has a promising future ahead of him in the game and we are confident he will only continue to improve in our environment, while adding to our club.
“He is as equally as impressive off the pitch as he is on it and in our conversations with him ahead of arriving, he’s shown a willingness to want to be a part of our journey.”
Potter admitted it didn’t take long after initial discussions with Tigers coaches to want to be a part of the club.
“It was a whirlwind really, over about a week, before it was proposed and then I agreed to the move to Leicester,” he said.
“I spoke to the coaches and was really impressed with the way they intend to run the club moving forward and it didn’t take much of a conversation to know Leicester Tigers is going to rise again.”
Potter joins fellow new additions to the backline Nemani Nadolo, Matt Scott and Zack Henry, as well as Dan Kelly who will join the club’s Development Squad on July 1.