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Flanker Sam Dugdale started his career in the Sale Sharks Academy at age 14, whilst attending Kirkham Grammar School and playing his rugby for local team Preston Grasshoppers.
Sam signed a full-time contract with Sale Sharks when he left school and went on to make appearances for the club in Premiership Rugby’s A-League, the Premiership Rugby Cup and the European Challenge Cup whilst part of the club’s senior academy set up.
He was released by the club at the end of the 19/20 season upon completion of his contract after the club was forced to review the financial impact of the COVID 19 pandemic but the lively flanker spent just a few months away from the professional game, re-signing with the Sharks on a short-term contract just four months later, following a string of injuries in the Sale back-row.
The 20 year-old took his opportunity with both hands and impressed the Sale coaching staff with his ability, desire and determination after re-signing. Dugdale was included in the Heineken Champions Cup squad the following year and was rewarded with a new contract that will see him remain with the Sharks until 2023.
After signing his new deal, Sam said: “I’m really happy to have extended my contract here at Sale and I’m hugely excited for what the future holds both for me and the club. The brief time away I had from the professional game was a huge learning curve for me and did nothing but increase my desire to improve as a player. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to get a second shot to prove myself with Sale and I am taking the opportunity to learn and develop with both hands.”
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