Leicester Tigers have confirmed that scrum-half Jono Kitto has been released from his contract at the at the club.
“Jono has been part of the first-team squad for the last couple of seasons and we thank him for his commitment to the club, but we have two good scrum-halves coming through the system here and believe the time is right to provide opportunities for them to gain experience in the senior environment," said Head coach Matt O’Connor on the news.
“Ben White and Harry Simmons have both come through our academy and are at a stage in their careers where we need to be able to provide those opportunities in senior rugby," continued O'Connor.
“We see both Ben and Harry playing a significant role in the club’s future success and we look forward to seeing their development alongside senior scrum-halves Ben Youngs and Sam Harrison."
25-year old Kitto made 29 appearances and scored two tries for Tigers following a move from club rugby in New Zealand during the summer of 2015. He has been released by Tigers after a short spell on loan at Worcester Warriors last month.