Tom Brady, Pat Cilliers and George McGuigan sign for Leicester Tigers

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Leicester have announced a trio of signings ahead of next season with Sale's Tom Brady, Montpellier's Pat Cilliers and Newcastle hooker George McGuigan all joining the Aviva Premiership club.

Winger Brady will offer an option in their back three while Cilliers will bolster their prop resources. They join Springboks winger JP Pietersen and Wallabies star Matt Toomua in signing for the Tigers ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

Tigers boss Richard Cockerill said of Brady: "Tom has a lot of ability in the wide channels and has a decent try-scoring record. We think he can kick on again at Leicester and look forward to welcoming him during the summer."

And he added on Cilliers: "Pat is a strong guy in the traditions of South African rugby and will bring with him a lot of experience of playing both in South Africa and in Europe.

"At 29, he is coming into his prime as a prop and we look forward to seeing him getting down to work here in preparation for next season alongside guys like Marcos Ayerza, Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Logovi'i Mulipola and Fraser Balmain."

Newcastle coach Dean Richards said the club were left "bitterly disappointed" by McGuigan's decision to leave the Falcons for the Tigers.