Josh Beaumont's season has been a highlight for the Sharks this season as the big Number 8 has nailed down his first team place after a tremendous season. After his impressive campaign Josh was awarded with the Player's Player of the Year award last weekend.
"I'm extremely proud to receive the award. It is one of the best awards to win because it is voted for by your fellow peers so for me it is great".
Beaumont has now been handed the responsibility of calling the line outs, which captain Dan Braid has paid tribute to: "He has been outstanding, we had a few line out wobbles early on and he was given the job of calling the line outs and he has done a fantastic job. For a such a young guy he has an old head on his shoulders and he has had an outstanding season".
Beaumont also paid tribute to the retiring Nathan Hines and skipper Braid:
"I've learnt a lot from both of them, they have helped me a lot. His (Hines) experience in certain areas especially in the line out and I have learnt so much off of him. He is going to be a big loss to the team".
Josh made his debut for the Sharks last year but it came to an abrupt end after just 19 minutes into the game against London Wasps, the 23 year old tore the ligaments in his foot, which ended his season.
"It was pretty tough to come back not just because my body wasn't ready, it took a long time for me to get over my injury".
Beaumont then made his return to first team action in the fourth game of the season coming of the bench to play 30 minutes against Saracens. He then made his first start just over a month later, when Wasps made the trip to the AJ Bell Stadium in the LV= Cup.
Beaumont scored his first try for the Sharks on his return to the side and helped the team to a 32-29 win to help Sale progress in the tournament.
"Once I got back firing on all cylinders at the beginning of the season, I felt like I did a couple of years ago. It was a tough year last year".
So with one game left Josh is looking forward to next year and the possibility of taking on new roles with the likes of Nathan Hines and Michael Paterson leaving.
"With the two lads leaving, it's a big void to fill especially in the second row, so I hope to take on some more responsibility next season and I wish those guys luck.
"I am looking forward to the Kings of the North Tournament because there is usually a huge gap over pre-season but with that, you now have something to play for and to get a bit of silverware before the start of the season.
"My season has been great, I had to wait a month to get into the team coming back from injury, but I think I have taken my chance quite well, it has made a big difference getting constant game time.
"I just keep building week on week and try to improve myself, I'm very pleased with they way this season has gone".
Beaumont spoke about how the team have performed this season.
"We are disappointed with the way we have finished the season with the losses against Irish and Quins, but we have had some big wins against Saracens and Northampton.
"If we go down on Saturday and get a win we will probably see it as a successful season so we shall see what happens then".
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