Jamal Niaz Sale Sharks
The annual Sale Sharks summer BBQ took place on July 6th and served as a time to reflect on last year’s rollercoaster season and the aims of the squad for the Gallagher Premiership Rugby campaign ahead of them.
‘The big areas that were good last year was our ability to score from anywhere. We played a really exciting brand, sometimes a bit flippant and that bit us a couple of times’
Long-term success very much seems to be the plan for the club and investing from the ground up is key to achieving this according to Steve.
‘Now we’re creeping up on other teams as we’ve spent money on selective recruitment and things behind the scenes such as the academy, we can get some consistency in the squad’
The importance of consistency going forwards was reiterated by co-owner, Simon Orange who discussed his ambitions for the club for next season and beyond.
‘Within our five years to win it (Gallagher Premiership) would be great, Ged and I have got our plan. I think if we win it, that’s a bonus but to get into that top four and to stay there regularly is as much as we have targeted.’
Former Sharks winger Mark Cueto had an abundance of praise for the current side and has no doubt in the talent stemming throughout the club.
‘We’ve got a team that is probably one of the most exciting and attacking sides to watch in the Premiership. Rohan Van Rensberg, Faff De Clerk and Jono Ross, these boys are world class players and are the type of players the club hasn’t had for maybe a decade’
One of the players that is sparking anticipation in the side is the latest signing, Chris Ashton. Steve Diamond believes the winger will become a key player for the Sharks.
‘I just think he brings a raft of experience with him. He’s a class player, always has been and bringing his professionalism into a young squad will help’
Simon Orange closed his discussion with a key point of why the fans are so important to any triumphs the club has going forward.
‘You need to come and support the Sharks because if we’re going to get in that top four and stay there, we need supporters to come down’
Watch the video below to see the full interview.