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Statement of Sale: Alex Sanderson contract extension
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Statement of Sale: Alex Sanderson contract extension

Sale celebrated the Gallagher Premiership victory over Leicester on Friday evening by confirming after the match that Alex Sanderson had signed a three-year contract extension as the club’s director of rugby.

The Sharks’ 31-22 success against the Tigers moved the Manchester team into third place in the table with one regular season match remaining.

That keeps them in the hunt to reach the Premier League final for the second year in a row and Sanderson’s good work has been rewarded with a deal that will keep the boss at Sale until the summer of 2027.

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A statement read: “Rugby sales director Alex Sanderson has committed his long-term future to his boyhood club by agreeing a new three-year contract.

“The 44-year-old, who played his junior rugby at Littleborough before joining Preston Grasshoppers, started his professional career with Sharks in 1998.

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“He made 90 appearances for the club, with his leadership qualities earning him the club captaincy at the age of 20.

“Alex received his first England call-up in 2001 and was part of a wider squad initially named ahead of the 2003 World Cup in Australia, although he missed out when the squad was reduced from 35 to 33.

“A short spell at Saracens followed, but a serious back injury forced him to retire at the age of 26. Alex joined Mark McCall’s coaching team at Saracens and took charge of the forwards and defense as the club won five Premiership titles and three European titles. Cups.

“He returned to Manchester in January 2021 and made an immediate impact as his Sharks side secured a place in the end-of-season play-offs. The following year Alex led his team to a first Premier League final appearance in 17 years.”

Sanderson said: “I love it here and there are so many reasons to want to stay for at least another three years and build on what we have already achieved.

“The group I have come to know and love is a group I want to spend time with. I feel like we’re getting to know each other better and when you build that trust, things start to fire up on the field.

“The club’s ambitions match mine. Our ambitions have grown given the taste we had and how close we came last season.

“That’s not enough for us and collectively, from the owners down, we strive for greatness. I truly believe we can create a powerhouse in the North and a lasting legacy, and that comes down to the passion we all share.

“I’m also a proud northerner and to be able to coach and live in this part of the world, where I come from, is a reason to get up in the morning.

“It’s an exciting time for everyone at the club and we still have everything to play for this season. We have four weeks to win everything, while four weeks ago no one gave us a chance. That drives me.”

Sharks CEO Paul Smith added: “As a proud Northerner and former club captain, Alex embodies everything we aspire to be as a club and we have no doubt that he is the man who will drive us forward to achieve what we all believe. can.

“Since he arrived here three years ago, he has created a team and a culture that everyone believes in. There was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted Alex to stay and I am so excited that he is staying to build on what he started.”