ALEX Sanderson believes Sale has signed 'one of the best fly-halves in the world' after Sharks pulled off a huge coup by clinching the signature of George Ford.
And although the director of rugby revealed they hadn't broken the bank to secure the 77-cap England star on a three-year deal from Leicester from next season, he admitted it would have a ripple effect' on the squad.
But without doubt, the signing sends out a message to the rugby world and leaves fans with the enticing prospect of seeing Raffi Quirke, Manu Tuilagi, and Ford in the same line-up next season.
The move comes just a week after news that fly-half AJ MacGinty was leaving the Sharks for Bristol.
Sanderson had by then had a number of chats with Ford, but the swift nature of the deal even surprised the boss, who believes the prospect to move back north was a key factor for the Oldhamborn player.
“I'm extremely excited, really excited, buzzing, jumping out of my boots excited. I'm excited, said Sanderson, who revealed it was Sale's third attempt in recent years at trying to sign the 28-year-old.
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