Young hooker Tommy Taylor has penned a one-year extension to his contract with Premiership club Sale Sharks.
The 22-year-old has yet to feature for the Sharks this season after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year, but is due to return to action early in the New Year.
The Macclesfield-born hooker has long been touted as a potential England star of the future and made a huge impact in Sale’s march to a top six finish last season.
And the news of his new deal is just the boost director of rugby Steve Diamond wanted ahead of Friday’s crucial return to Premiership action at home to high-flying Exeter.
What’s more, the hope is that there could be more positive contract news to follow for Sale with Diamond thought to be on the cusp of sealing new deals for several other of his out of contract players.
“Tommy has agreed an extension of a year to his contract which is great for us,” said Diamond.
“He’s a great lad. and a really bright talent
“He got injured playing for England against the Barbarians last June but he’s recovered from the injury, he his bigger for it and we just can’t wait to get him back.
“He’s given us a year which we’ve both agreed on as career wise we’ll see where he’s at in 12 months time.”