James Phillips signs contract extenstion at Sale

Steve Diamond is happy to see Phillips extend his time with Sale

Sale Sharks' James Phillips has signed a one-year extension to his contract which will keep him at the AJ Bell Stadium until then end of the 2020/21 season.

The 31-year-old joined from Bath at the beginning of last season, initially on a two-year deal, but after impressing during the 18/19 campaign, Sale have extended James’ contract by a further year.

The former Bristol and Exeter Chiefs man made a total of 30 appearances for Sale in his first year at the club and after instantly catching Steve Diamond's eye upon arrival, he was a permanent name on the teamsheet.

With the club also securing a Champions Cup place for the upcoming season, Phillips is keen to build on the excellent term Sale in 18/19.

Phillips told the club website: ”I’m delighted to have extended my contract with Sale, I have really enjoyed my first year at the club. It’s a fantastic environment and Dimes is building a great culture here, we have made some fantastic signings in the pack for the new season so I’m looking forward to building on the progress we made last year with the new boys that are coming in.

"The supporters here at Sale are second to none, and I can’t wait to get back to the AJ Bell, especially playing against some big teams in the Champions Cup – That’s where every player wants to be. ”

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond added: “James has been a revelation since signing last year from Bath. He served his time well at his previous clubs and has really come into his own since joining us.

"He’s been consistent throughout the year across his entire game and has really improved our go forward within the pack. He’s played thirty games for us this year! That’s more games than he has played at any club in the last 5 years, so it’s a real testament to his drive, work-rate and commitment.”

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