Sale Sharks have confirmed that lock Andrei Ostrikov has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.
Ostrikov’s talent was spotted by Director of Rugby Steve Diamond when Diamond was head of the Russian national side. In fact, it was Diamond who handed the tall Russian his first international cap.
The 29-year-old was a leading member of the Russian side that took part in the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. He has made 26 appearances for Russia and has played over 100 times for the Sharks, having been one of Diamond’s first signings when Diamond returned to the club in 2011.
According to Diamond, Ostrikov is a model of consistency and serves a role model to the younger players coming through. Not to mention his lineout prowess and ability to score important tries for the team.
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond told the Sharks website: “When I first saw Andrei play, I spotted his massive potential. He was one of my first signings and he is a player who gives everything both on and off the field.
“He plays hard, trains hard and never takes a backward step. He is well respected by the whole squad and its great to get his signature on a new contract.”
Delighted with his new deal Ostrikov said: “Dimes is a great coach and motivator. He has an old-school approach which helps push you forward all the time.
“I am settled here in the North West with my wife Julia and we are now house hunting in Cheshire. We love everything about the area, the countryside and all the advantages of living near the city.”