George Ford’s move to Sale Sharks is confirmed as he takes a £200,000 pay cut to sign a three-year deal, with the England fly-half to leave Leicester after his contract expires next summer
- George Ford will leave Leicester Tigers for the second time in his career
- Sale Sharks confirmed signing with Ford ‘excited’ about playing for home side
- Sale boss Alex Sanderson claims signing underlines the club’s high ambitions
Sale reckon they can help George Ford retake his England spot after he signed a cut-price deal to join the Sharks from Leicester next summer.
The 77-cap fly-half, 28, signed a three-year contract starting in July 2022 on Wednesday having told Tigers, as Sportsmail reported, he was off on Tuesday.
It is understood Ford has taken around a £200,000-a-year pay-cut, although his current £650,000 Leicester salary may have come down next year anyway.
Sale Sharks have confirmed the signing of George Ford from Leicester on a three-year deal
Alex Sanderson, the Sale boss, who will pair him next year with England scrum-half Raffi Quirke and centre Manu Tuilagi, wants Ford to play Test rugby again.
‘I want to help him get back,’ he said.
‘That might have been a pull for him. It is not Tom Curry alone anymore. It is Tom Curry, Bevan Rodd, Manu Tuilagi and Raf. And we’ve only just started.
‘There’s more to come in terms of what we have got inside these four walls. In my opinion he is one the best in the world.’
Ford will leave Leicester at the end of the current campaign for the second time in his career
A huge attraction for Oldham-born Ford, who has spoken to Sale twice before, was returning home.
Sale will help him with his coffee shop in Saddleworth, believing their ‘holistic’ offer trumped a large pay-cheque.
‘If it’s money first you’re probably at the wrong place,’ he added.
‘If it was purely about the rugby he’d probably stay where he is. My forever philosophy is it has to be more than a game to get the most out of a person.’
Leicester now may target South African No 10 Handre Pollard who is out of contract in the summer at Montpellier.
Ford will hope the move boost his chances of playing in the next World Cup with England