The signing of France international centre, Maxime Mermozby the Leicester Tigers for the rest of the 2016/17 season has been confirmed by the team.

The club side finalized their terms of agreement with the 30 year old after having lost both Manu Tuilagiand Matt Toomua to long-term injury this season.

They have also been able to receive official clearance from the French Rugby Federation for his move to Welford Road.

In 2008, Mermoz gained the first of his 35 Test caps, won league titles with teams such as Tolouse and Perpignan before finally moving over to Toulon where he participated in their European Cup triumphs in both 2013 and 2014.

The head coach of Leicester Tigers, Aaron Mauger said:

“We have been looking for midfield cover for the last few weeks since the season-ending injury to Manu Tuilagi and previous injury to Matt Toomua.

“We’re very happy to be able to bring in a player of Maxime’s style, quality and experience to compete for a spot in the centres.”

On Wednesday, Mermoz was introduced to his new teammates. He was then shown around the Oval Park training facility owned by the club on Thursday morning. He also got to meet with some members of the staff before picking up his new kit.

Mauger hopes Mermoz can be able to test himself in a different competition so as to earn his stripes for the Tigers by heading out into the pitch and letting them see what advantages he would be bringing into the mix.

On previous occasions, he played at Welford Road for Perpignan and Toulon, where he scored a solo try for the former in the 2008/09 season, a match where Leicester defeated them 38-27.

He is most likely to debut for the team in their Aviva Premiership clash against Gloucester Rugby taking place on Saturday, February 11.