We can now announce that the winner of the competition is Ben Kelly whose design was paraded infront of a home crowd, at half time during the Sharks v London Welsh game.
John Greaves said: "The spirit of the club is the fans and, as the club's principal partner, we felt it was important to give them a unique chance to create and design something very special, that would be seen by rugby fans across the world. And we haven't been disappointed."
On finding out that he had won, Ben said: "It was a massive shock! I never thought I would win!"
He continued to reveal that had it not been for his brother's encouragement, he would never have sent off his design:
"Whilst bored at work, I mocked up my design but was going to throw it away, as I didn't think it was good enough. My brother however, said it was great and forced me to send it to the club."
The judges agreed with his brother and Ben's design won, with a unanimous vote.
Ben Kelly's original design
Sale-born Ben, 24, currently lives in Loughborough as a PhD student at the University's Biomedical Research Unit. He gained his MSc in Clinical Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University last year.
He has been a Sale Sharks fan since he can remember and went to all home games at Heywood Road, along with the rest of his Shark-supporting family. When asked if he has informed his family about his winning design, he said: "I've told some of them who are very proud, but I'm yet to tell my dad. He's away, so I'm waiting until he comes back because he won't believe me otherwise!"
Ben cannot wait for his design to make its first game appearance when Sale Sharks play Cardiff Blues at home, in Round 1 of the Heineken Cup on Sunday 14th October. However, he is quick to quash any rumour about a potential career change:
"As delighted as I am, it is safe to say that this win is definitely not the start of my design career!"
Canterbury modified the design to incorporate the number patch and