Pearce eyes top four finish at Sale

Date published: July 18 2016

Sale back-row Laurence Pearce believes his new team is capable of finishing in the top four places of the Premiership this coming season.

Pearce, who joined from Leicester in the off-season, is enjoying the north-west and can't wait to get his Sharks career off and running.

"I moved into the area three or four weeks before pre-season actually started so it was nice to be settled in and that then I have just got on with it. I knew a few of the boys up here so they showed me around, Briggsy (Neil Briggs) showed me round and then walking into the changing room and seeing Lou Reed put a smile on my face!" said the number eight who impressed at Welford Road last season.

"There were a lot of different reasons for my move. I think this is a good challenge for me and I just wasn't playing enough rugby at Leicester so hopefully I can push on and play more rugby here with the smaller squad size and that squad rotation we have.

"I just want to be playing rugby it's all I wanted to do when I was a six-year-old and it's what I want to do till I retire."

Pearce, who was speaking to the Sale website, also revealed his first impression of Steve Diamond: "He's a good bloke, he's different! It is different because I've been under the regime of Cockers (Richard Cockerill) for two years who is a very tough bloke and Dimes is a very tough bloke as well but they are tough in different ways and they get the same result but in very different ways. I like the way he goes about his business."

"I can't see why we can't finish in the top four, with the new owners coming in and the infrastructure getting bigger, all the support and the season tickets being sold, bigger crowds, bigger everything, as well as big European games. There is no reason now why we can't do really well."