Dean Richards left 'disappointed' as Dominic Barrow uses clause to join Tigers
ESPN Staff
June 23, 2015
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Dom Barrow© (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards has been left "bitterly disappointed" after Dominic Barrow exercised a clause in his contract to sign for Leicester Tigers.

Second-row Barrow, who signed for the Falcons in 2013 from Yorkshire Carnegie and agreed an extension only last summer, was able to terminate his deal early should the north-east club finish below 10th in the Premiership.

Having finished 11th last season, 22-year-old Barrow has used that clause to free himself from his Newcastle deal and join rivals Tigers ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Richards said: "We're bitterly disappointed at Dom's decision to leave but unfortunately despite our best efforts, discussions with his agent proved very difficult.

"As a result Dom has left us to join Leicester Tigers, where he will complete rehab following his ACL repair.

"Our Academy has produced a number of talented locks in recent years including Will Witty and Sean Robinson, both of whom made their Premiership debuts this season and will now have the opportunity to make an impact in the starting line up during Rugby World Cup at the start of next season."

By contrast, Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill was delighted to add the former England Under-20 player to his squad.

"We're delighted to be able to add Dom to the squad for next season," he said.

"He is a big, athletic second row who has already gained Premiership Rugby experience and we think he can only improve working with a very good group of second rows here including Graham Kitchener, Ed Slater, Sebastian De Chaves and our new signings Mike Fitzgerald and Mike Williams."

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