Sale Sharks are boosted by the news that two of their brightest young talents, Tommy Taylor and Ross Harrison, have signed contract extensions with the club.
Hooker Taylor (21) and prop Harrison (20) penned three-year deals, as a reward for their huge impact since being offered first team opportunities earlier this year.
Chief Executive Steve Diamond is delighted with securing the future of two of his most promising first team players, ahead of their Aviva Premiership game with Gloucester.
“It’s great news that they have agreed these long-term contracts. Both Tommy and Ross epitomise everything that is good about the club,” said Diamond.
“They are both local lads who give everything for the club, and they fit into the template of what we are trying to build here. They are the ones who have really come to the fore in recent weeks.
“I’ve been amazed at how well they have stepped into the side and dealt with the pressure and risen to the challenge.
“In fact they have inspired everybody else to ‘up their game’ with the way they have played. They are so consistent in everything they do.”
The duo both signed academy deals with Sharks on the same day last summer, and their rapid progress has seen both become vital cogs in the first team.
Taylor’s throwing accuracy in the line-out has seen Sharks dominate that area in recent weeks, while Harrison has added strength and dynamism to the scrum.
Diamond has consistently praised the impact of his young charges over the last few weeks, in their efforts to pull Sale out of the relegation zone.
“We’ve talked about building the club around local talent and these lads are really what we are about,” said Diamond.
“Hopefully, their progress also demonstrates that we are not afraid to give young lads their chance.
“We’ve got some great young lads on the scene in Will Addison, Rob Miller and Tom Brady, who have all done well, and we’ve got Henry Thomas waiting in the wings, too.”
The Sharks will be hoping to carry over the confidence gained from their LV=Cup victory over Saracens last Friday, into their Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester on Saturday.