Chris Ashton in action for Leicester Tigers
Chris Ashton is a dual-code international who switched from enjoying rugby league to rugby union with Northampton in 2007

Ex-England winger Chris Ashton says he noticed Leicester Tigers as “his final shot” to proceed his rugby profession when he thought it was “throughout”.

Ashton, 35, has scored six tries in seven Premiership video games to grow to be the league’s all-time main try-scorer, and final week signed a brand new deal.

“I needed to show to myself I may nonetheless play and had stuff to supply,” he stated.

“I wanted to show rather a lot to the gamers and followers to be accepted – no one noticed me enjoying right here. I needed to take all the pieces I might discovered and convey it collectively for my closing shot.

“Three months is a very long time to replicate and assume it is throughout. Nevertheless it’s humorous how issues can change so rapidly.

“I now know I wish to give this opportunity all the pieces as a result of it might be my final likelihood.”

‘I needed to take the state of affairs with each fingers’

Ashton, a Premiership title and European Champions Cup winner with Saracens, stated the transfer to Tigers was “the correct resolution” after quite a lot of earlier strikes “hadn’t labored out”.

He left Saracens in 2017 for a stint in France with Toulon – the place he broke the French Prime 14 report for tries scored in a single season with 24 in 23 appearances – then returned to the English sport with Sale a 12 months later.

However he terminated his contract early to depart Sale in March 2020 and quick stints with Harlequins and Worcester adopted after that.

“Being on a short-term contract, I needed to take the state of affairs with each fingers and try to be the participant I needed to be within the type I needed to play in,” he instructed BBC Radio Leicester.

“I am again having fun with my rugby, and once you’ve been able when what you like may be taken away, you’re much more grateful for when the chance comes again spherical.”


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