England age group trio Harry Simmons, Jordan Olowofela and Tom Hardwick have all agreed new contracts at Leicester Tigers
21-year-old Simmons joined the Tigers academy from school in Norfolk and made his senior debut in November 2017, scoring two tries in a Cup fixture in the same season.
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “We have a strong group of young players coming through to play senior rugby and Harry has made strong progress through the system here.
“We look forward to seeing him back to match fitness soon and he will be keen to kick on again.”
Simmons said: “It’s the club I always wanted to play for as a young boy. Me and my family have always supported Tigers and my rugby idols played here. It’s always been my team and it’s surreal that I get the chance to play for them, which I never thought I would.
“It hasn’t been a good year with injury, but I’m happy to have the opportunity to re-sign and it’s nice to feel that I’m not forgotten.”
One of the successes in the England Under-20s squad last season, Olowofela made his Tigers debut in November 2017 and has topped 20 appearances for the club, scoring his first try in the Twickenham fixture against Northampton Saints in October.
Geordan Murphy said: “Jordan has taken his opportunities at senior level this season and become a part of the senior squad here. He is learning all the time and keen to improve and develop as a player, and we believe he is in the right place to do that.”
Olowofela, 20, added: “I feel like this is home now. I’ve been here five years now and I feel very much at home in Leicester and at Tigers.
“I always wanted to be a Leicester Tiger growing up so when the opportunity came to stay here I was never going to say no to it.
“It’s good have a group of us come through the club together from day one.”