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Burke switches to Tigers in latest move

Paul Burke - Munster

By Barry Coughlan
PAUL BURKE is on the move again, this time from Munster to Leicester in time for the start of next season.

Burke yesterday concluded a two-year deal with the two-time Heineken Cup champions amidst rumours that regular fly-half Andy Goode is to leave to play with Clermont Auvergne.

Burke leaves Munster reluctantly but sees the Leicester deal as a huge opportunity: "I needed a new challenge in that this season has been disappointing," he said.

Burke has had to play second fiddle to Ronan O’Gara and injury limited his opportunities in recent weeks.

"Leicester offered me a huge opportunity to make another impact in the Premiership and also, perhaps, in Europe.

"I’m well aware that I will have huge competition but I see this as another challenge. I informed Munster of my decision in the last 48 hours, but I look forward to helping them in any way I possibly can up to the end of the season.

"It has been a huge privilege to play with them these last couple of seasons and I will miss many things," he said.

But Burke, who has roamed from London Irish to Cork Constitution, to Bristol, to Cardiff and then Harlequins before signing for Munster, believes his travelling days are over.

"I am lucky enough to have signed a two-year deal with a very good club and, I suppose, when the contract is up I will be 34, and having to think about other things.

"I’m just about ready to start playing again after recovering from a knee injury, and I want to make the remainder of my time with Munster as memorable as possible."