Sale Sharks snap up another Scotland Star
Sale Sharks have continued their link with Scottish players by agreeing a deal with Glasgow Warriors to sign Scotland lock Richie Gray.
22 year old rising star Gray, who already has 16 caps and played in all of Scotland’s recent world cup games, has been the centre of attention for most European clubs and Sale director of sport Steve Diamond is delighted he has landed the 6ft 10in prospect who has the “makings of a world class forward.”
Diamond said: “He has been courted by three Premiership clubs and several French clubs, but he has bought into our vision at Sale Sharks.”
In the past, Sale Sharks have great history with Scottish players – the well known ones being Bryan Redpath, Richie Vernon, Alasdair Dickinson, and Fraser McKenzie.
Reports have suggested that Warriors tried for several months to keep but any efforts made by the RaboDirect Pro12 club with turned down.
However, each rejection came with much thought as Gray himself quoted on Glasgow’s website that the decision had been “the hardest call of my career”.
He carried on by saying: “Being a proud Glaswegian, it’s been a massive honour to wear the blue and black jersey and I’m looking forward to enjoying more special days in it before my time here ends, this isn’t about money: I’ve always been keen to test myself in England and I feel this is a good opportunity to do so.”
But after expressing his disappointment at the decision , Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen has said the club can go forward even without the young Scotland star.
Lineen said: “We’re not a one-man team. There was a massive effort put in by everyone at Murrayfield and at Glasgow to keep him.”
Gray will carry on playing for the Warriors until the Sale deal starts in June 2012.
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