‘Signings will be a statement’ – Diamond

Date published: January 20 2016

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond has revealed that pending new signings "will be a statement" as they look to strengthen for 2016/17.

The Sharks boss said the club is in talks with several international players of which one or two have agreed to a move to the north-west.

"We're in talks with four or five international players to join us," he told BBC Radio Manchester, with Sale sitting eighth in the standings.

"We're well on the way to bringing some real experienced quality players to the club next year."

Rumour has it that hooker Tommy Taylor will leave the club in the off-season but Diamond has played down rushing to tie down new arrivals.

"I don't need to rush into signing players. We've got a good protocol with how we find our players and it's not let us down yet in five years," he said.

"There's offers gone and there's offers been accepted, we've just got to tie the details up.

"There's one or two people who have decided to come to Sale for less money than they're being offered.

"They've got mates who are here and they've asked the question. How do they run it? What's it like?

"One or two of these are leaving big clubs to come here which will be a statement when we announce them."