West Hartlepool product Micky Young leaves Leicester Tigers for Bath Rugby

RUGBY STAR: England's Michael Young and Scotland's Greig Laidlaw battle for the ball during the Edinburgh IRB Sevens tournament
RUGBY STAR: England's Michael Young and Scotland's Greig Laidlaw battle for the ball during the Edinburgh IRB Sevens tournament

MICHAEL Young is swapping one rugby giant for another after agreeing a deal with Bath Rugby.

The 24-year-old had spent two frustrating seasons at Leicester Tigers where he had hoped to make an impact at the top end of the Aviva Premiership having previously starred at Newcastle Falcons.

But the former West Hartlepool scrum-half could not make the breakthrough at Welford Road and has now accepted a transfer to the Rec.

His move is part of a triple Bath signing spree.

Fellow scrum-half Martin Roberts, who has been capped three times by Wales, is leaving Northampton Saints while stand-off George Ford arrives with Young from Leicester.

Bath’s head coach Gary Gold said: “Micky and Martin are both very strong, capable players with good core skills and the ability to do things the opposition don’t expect.

“They are still young, and we are looking forward to having them join the squad here and seeing them develop further.”

Young learned his rugby as a junior with West Hartlepool, where he also spent a spell on loan from Newcastle as a teenager.

The former Brierton School pupil has represented England at youth, sevens and second team level.

He played for England Saxons in three Churchill Cup tournaments but possibly his finest hour came when he sent a full house at Twickenham into ecstasy in the early summer of 2009 when he scored the extra-time winner for his country in the IRB London Sevens final against New Zealand.