MacGinty thrilled to play in the Premiership

Date published: August 5 2016

USA fly-half AJ MacGinty has revealed how Sale boss Steve Diamond convinced him to join the club as he continues with pre-season.

MacGinty, who featured in the June Tests for the Eagles, has moved to the Premiership after a title-winning campaign in the PRO12 playing for Connacht.

Discussing how the move came about, MacGinty added that watching the English league on TV growing up had meant he always wanted to try play in the Premiership if the chance came his way.

"I started chatting to Dimes and within a week I got a phone call so came over met him and checked out the place," MacGinty explained to the Sale website.

I really enjoyed meeting him, his passion for the club and where he sees the club going and I'm really looking forward to playing in the Premiership you know watching it on TV it as a young lad growing up so definitely an opportunity I couldn't turn down." 

The 26-year-old, who was born in Dublin, added that his experience with Connacht last season would stand him in good stead as Sale continue to prepare for the start of the season.

He added: "I think winning last year at Connacht just gave me confidence as a player also my first year at professional rugby so that was a step up and this year is going to be a new year, a new set up, just getting used to the systems getting the most out of my ability and getting on the same page as the 9's and the rest of the players.

"I'm still learning developing my game and obviously it would be brilliant to come in and win more silverware but it's easier said than done but I'm in the right place for it, it's a hard working group here and the coaches are giving us great information so we just got to keep repping and hopefully bring it out in the games."