Sale Sharks have announced the signing of lock Dom Barrow following a successful trial.
Barrow started his professional rugby career with Yorkshire Carnegie in 2010 and had represented Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, La Rochelle (loan) and Northampton Saints in the past.
With injuries restricting his involvement with the Saints, he decided to retire from the game in 2020 to run a firm specialising in installing electric vehicle charging points.
Nevertheless, he returned back to resume his playing career with Sale Sharks initially on a trial and now has signed a permanent contract with the club.
"I’ve gained a far greater sense of perspective since spending a bit of time away from rugby. However, I have a burning desire to get back into the sport as I feel I have unfinished business," said Barrow, who was part of England Under 20 side that clinched the Junior World Championship in 2013.
"I believe I’m capable of international honours but I haven’t yet reached my potential.
"I was really impressed with Alex and his vision for Sale Sharks right from our first conversation. From my experience, this is a club on the up that is clearly going places and it’s a hugely exciting place to be.
"I’m thrilled to be in this environment, which I believe will get the very best out of me and help me reach my goals.”
Sharks Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson believes Barrow's experience in the Premiership for various clubs will benefit Sale.
“I’m really excited to welcome Dominic to the club. He’s someone I’ve known about for a number of years and I know exactly how good he can be," he said.
“He’s performed at the very top level for a number of years and that experience can only benefit our squad at a really important time of the season.
“Dominic has been with us on trial for a number of weeks and he’s fitted in so well. He’s already becoming a leader in the group and I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.”
Sale are positioned ninth in the Gallagher Premiership table with seven wins from 15 games.