After leaving the club in 2015 after two years of service, well-traveled scrum-half David Mele is returning to Leicester Tigers in a coaching capacity.
The man who has played for Perpignan, Grenoble, Toulouse, for France in the 15s game and Spain in the 7s will take up the role of Player Pathway Coach at Welford Road, specialising in halfback play.
As a player, Mele played just shy of 50 times for the Tigers between 2013 and 2015 and was set to join Major League Rugby with the Austin Elite, but ahs since decided to head to familiar ground with Leicester, on the other side of the whistle.
Mele will be the fourth coach working for Leicester to have represented the club as a player, with head coach Geordan Murphy, scrum specialist Boris Stancovich and 'senior development coach' Brett Deacon all on the roster.
"We've got a very strong group of players at scrum-half and fly-half, and there is great potential throughout the club in those positions."
- Geordan Murphy on Leicester's aspiring youth
On Mele's return, Murphy said: "David will assist the coaching team working with the half-backs at academy, development and senior levels at the club in a similar role to the one performed by Boris Stankovich with the scrum.
"We've got a very strong group of players at scrum-half and fly-half, and there is great potential throughout the club in those positions. Like Boris's work with the scrum, a specialist focus can build the consistency and continuity we are seeking to bring the best out of all of those players.
"David also brings with him a different perspective as someone brought up through French club rugby as well as his experience of the Premiership, and we think he will add a lot to what we already have here in terms of passing on that knowledge to young players."