Premiership Rugby's Sale Sharks and leading UK credit card provider MBNA have announced a new two-year extension to their Principal Partnership.
The Chester-based lender signed a three-year contract with Sale Sharks in 2011. With one year remaining, the two partners have moved to strengthen their agreement with a fresh deal lasting until the end of the 2015/16 season.
As part of the contract extension, the MBNA brand will remain on Sale Sharks' home and away kit and MBNA will also continue its sponsorship of the Main Stand at Sale Sharks' AJ Bell Stadium near Manchester.
"We've enjoyed a very close partnership with Sale Sharks over the past two seasons and we're delighted to announce the extension of this into 2016", said Ian O'Doherty, Chief Executive of MBNA. "We are two organisations with our roots firmly established in the Northwest of England, and this is another special milestone for us."
Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, added: "We're delighted to have the backing of a blue chip company like MBNA; it is a business that has backed us to the hilt over recent years. We have a special relationship - as it says around our ground "Together, we are a team" - and we are pleased to be able to continue this for many years to come."