From speaking with Mark Cueto he explained that the morale was extremely high in the squad especially with the recent form in the league. Cueto described the performances against Northampton,Exeter and Bath as stand out performances this year; however, he mentioned that the chances of top four may have been scuppered since their defeat to Harlequins. But since their bonus point victory over Exeter top four still looms if results go Sale's way.
This year has been a huge disparity from last year for Sale and with the excellent young talent in the squad, this year has built the perfect platform for Sale to build on and progress in the corresponding seasons.
Cueto quoted "Sale have always been very good at developing young talent" and "although Sale have signed some big name players in the past we rely on the young talent". With a great set of amateur clubs around the North-West the future is strong for Sale and the young flair allows Sale to produce a great set of fresh players every season.
With the vast amount of experience Cueto has, it seems he has played his part this year sharing his knowledge amongst the rest of the squad to teach them the tricks of the trade. He stated there was no added pressure when it came to helping bring the youngsters through but, "It's part of the game, just like the senior players showed me the ropes when I started".
Steve Diamond has been massively influential on the team's performances and the players obviously have huge respect for him and the rest of the backroom staff. Mark Cueto clearly mentioned that "Dimes is the head man and the boss".
It is apparent that the boys are willing to put there all in for Diamond and this has been evident through this season's performances. It's recognisable from Diamond's authoritarian style that there is no ambiguity and the players know where they stand. The admiration for his Director of Rugby shone through when Mark exclaimed "He wears his heart on his sleeve which has sometimes put him in trouble but we all respect him for that".
Mark Cueto has been at Sale for 13 years now and has remained loyal to the club throughout. He revealed that "because of their loyalty to me by offering new contracts and the excellent support throughout my career, that's what's enabled me to be loyal to the club"
Cueto signed a new contract for his 14thseason with the Sharks but as retirement looms closer he divulges he has thought about it. He exposed his love for the media side of the game, and feels that this will be best method to channel his knowledge and experience in this way, giving something back to the game.
I am sure without failure, the fans will continue to back the team all the way to the end of the season and play their part in the fight for a spot in the top four as they have done all year.
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