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USA fullback Blaine Scully has reportedly seen his trial with the Leicester Tigers extended through the end of the year.
Scully has been on trial with Leicester this summer - and got permission to arrive at USA camp late because of it. The decision was a good one, as he has played his way into a deal that runs from September 1 through the end of the year. This is similar to the agreements Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith got with Saracens, which they parlayed into longer-term contracts.
Leicester, arguably England's most prestigious, and certainly most financially successful, club, has not had an American on their roster since Dan Lyle played there in 2003.
Scully was on the Leicester team that played in the JP Morgan 7s, and was praised highly by many observers for his hard work and defense. His cover tackles, which saved many a try, and his work in the rucks may well have tipped the scales in assessing his performance during his trial with the team.
He is expected to play for the Tigers in their preseason friendly against Montpellier this weekend in Geneva.