Simon McIntyre signs from Wasps ten years after leaving Sharks
The 30-year-old prop has signed a one-year deal
Sale Sharks have re-signed academy graduate Simon McIntyre on a one-year deal – ten years after he left the club to join Wasps.
Prop McIntyre, 30, will join up with Alex Sanderson’s side ahead of the 2021/22 season after making almost 150 appearances and scoring five tries for Wasps.
The Sharks Director of Rugby was on the look out for front row options after Will-Griff John, Valery Morozov and Jake Cooper-Woolley left the club. And he says it was an easy decision to re-sign Simon.
He said: “We’re delighted to be able to give Simon a chance to come home and play again for his local team. It’s another northern voice in the dressing room but more importantly, he’s a top player.
“Since he left Sharks, he’s developed into one of the Premiership’s best props. He’s mobile, he’s powerful, he’s quick and he’s solid in the scrum so he’ll be a brilliant addition to the squad.”
Manchester-born Simon played his junior rugby at Broughton Park Rugby Club prior to joining the Sharks academy in 2009.
He made six first team appearances for the club and was capped at England under 18 level before leaving in 2011.
Simon will link up with fellow Sharks academy graduate Tommy Taylor, who has made the same move from Wasps to the AJ Bell.
Commenting on today’s announcement Simon said: “It’s an exciting time for me, especially to be returning to my hometown club.
“When I decided to re-sign for Sale, I knew it would be a challenge with the quality of the players in the squad here, but it’s a challenge I am relishing and I’m hungry to get stuck in with the boys.
“Speaking with Alex, his plans for the future of the club were genuinely compelling and I can’t wait to test myself in such a high-performance environment!”
Simon joined the Sharks’ training squad this week for the start of their 21/22 pre-season camp.