Sale Sharks academy drive continues ahead of 23/24 season

Nine of the North West’s brightest rugby talents will join the club’s Senior Academy next season 

Seven players have signed full-time deals, while two join on bursary contracts 

Sale Sharks continue to show their commitment to developing North West talent after announcing the signing of nine players to their Senior Academy set-up ahead of the 23-24 season. 

The Sharks have agreed seven full-time contracts and two bursary contracts with nine of the brightest talents across the region. Among the new signings are three Welsh players, four from Greater Manchester, and two from Yorkshire with a total of six age-grade internationals.  

Tighthead prop Tye Raymont, second-row Tom Burrow, flanker Frank Chatterton and scrum-half Will Wootton have all represented England 18s and sign full-time contracts with the club alongside Wales U18 centre Osian Roberts. Manchester Rugby club winger Albert Bradshaw and former rugby league-playing fly-half Finn Rogers also sign full-time contracts. 

Alongside the seven full-time academy inductees, the Sharks also secure the signatures Wales U18 scrum-half Carwyn Edwards and versatile forward Wills Austin on bursary deals which will allow them to study at university alongside their rugby commitments. 

Sharks Academy Manager Fergus Mulchrone said: “It’s another statement of intent from the club that they are willing to invest and back the great Northern talent coming through the pathway.  

“This is an exciting group of players that have stood out in their respective schools, clubs and academies over the last few years,  a testament to their teachers and rugby coaches in all environments.  

“With a good combination of speed, power and skill in the group we’re looking forward to seeing them transition into the adult game over the next 12 months.  

“It’s tough to say whether we’ll see any of the lads pushing for first team spots anytime soon – we need to see how they come in and adapt to the first team environment and full-time schedule. I’d like to think that all the ones coming in full-time will get some loan rugby in the national leagues next year so that will be a really good test for them. “It’s the first year we have been able to identify and recruit talent from the Yorkshire pathway & it’s been a great start with the signatures of Tom & Tye. Two sought after players who have had a strong season in the Yorkshire & England U18 programmes.”

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