Anthony Allen is relishing Ryan Lamb's arrival at Leicester Tigers from Northampton
Leicester Tigers centre Anthony Allen believes that former Gloucester team-mate Ryan Lamb could be a big hit when he moves to Welford Road this summer.
Lamb is expected to line up in Tigers colours next season after agreeing terms with the club.
He will leave Northampton Saints when his current contract ends this summer.
Allen and Lamb, both 26, enjoyed two hugely successful years together at Gloucester during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
They topped the league table in both of those seasons and, although they failed to lift the title in either year after play-off defeats by Leicester, Allen has fond memories his time together with Lamb.
Their midfield pairing will be reunited next September and Allen believes Leicester have secured the services of someone who is a "tough cookie" and will work his socks off to improve his game.
"Ryan is a very talented footballer and he knows how to run a game," said Allen.
"He can kick very well out of hand and, although people may say he is not that consistent off the tee, I have seen him kick very well.
"I have had a lot of good times with Ryan and we have played a lot of good football together.
"If we needed a fly-half to come on and change the game, he has the capabilities to do that. He can also control a game very well and will be a good signing."
Allen added: "They were good times (at Gloucester) and we played some good rugby.
"Ryan's a tough cookie and he will work hard. I imagine Northampton is a tough environment training-wise, so he should be used to that."