Sale Sharks is delighted to announce that England international winger Marland Yarde has signed a contract extension with the Club which will see him remain a Shark until the end of the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership Season.
Marland joined the club from Harlequins mid-way through the 2017/18 Premiership season and has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the Sharks since moving to the North-West.
Having overcome a career threatening knee injury in 2019, the 28-year-old is enjoying a new lease of life in Manchester and as a result has seen a resurgence of form, demonstrating the pace, physicality and understanding that led to thirteen England caps earlier in his career.
Marland is keen to develop further as he reaches the pinnacle of his career and he was especially excited to be continuing his journey with the Sharks, commenting on today’s announcement, he said:
“Manchester is my home now, so I’m delighted to be extending my contract with the club for the next few seasons. It’s really exciting to be part of a such a special group of players who are all pulling in the same direction and working towards a common goal of being truly successful and achieving major honours. I would like to go on record and thank the Sharks family for their continued support throughout my time at the club. The Sale supporters have always showed so much love towards me whether on or off the pitch and it’s something I’m extremely grateful for, their commitment to the club and it’s players are second to none. The future at Sale Sharks is so exciting and with my best years still ahead, I will continue to grow as a person whilst representing this great club with passion every time I step onto the field.”
Alex Sanderson was full of praise for Yarde during his press conference this week and was pleased to be able to secure his services for the foreseeable future, he said:
“I think Marland’s injury was a huge turning point for him. He doesn’t shout about it, but he has changed a lot of things since then, mainly in his general outlook and approach to life. He’s done a lot of charity work recently and has been one of, if not the best example to some of our younger lads, who maybe could have gone down the same path he went down which lead to him not having the best reputation in the early stages of his career. He’s a different person these days for me, I have sat with him at length recently and how he is talking, how he is training and how he is living his life out of the game is an unbelievable example of how you live your life and play your rugby are interlinked. Marland is setting a great example across the board and it’s fantastic to know we’ll have him around for a few year’s yet!