Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Deal in Pipeline for Powell as Diamond Warms to Bath Quest

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Deal in Pipeline for Powell as Diamond Warms to Bath Quest

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SALE may have lost the LV= Cup final but former Wales and British Lions back row warrior Andy Powell is set to be rewarded for his part in helping the Sharks reach yesterday's showpiece event at Sixways by winning a new contract. Powell followed up a man of the match display in last weekend's semi-final win over Saracens by again leading from the front in yesterday's 32-14 final defeat by Harlequins. And though the Sharks came off distinctly second best at Sixways, director of rugby Steve Diamond revealed that he is set to reward Powell, whose current two year deal expires in June, by offering him a new contact this week. "Andy has got his head on it and he played really well again and gave us some targets to hit," Diamond declared. "We'll be in contract talks with Andy Powell as he has shown in the last few weeks that he wants to wear a Sale shirt for the next few years and hopefully we'll come to some arrangement over that in the next couple of days. …

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