Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Plenty More Seymour ; Skipper Commits to New Sale Deal Thanks to Sharks' Faith in the Club's Young Guns

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Plenty More Seymour ; Skipper Commits to New Sale Deal Thanks to Sharks' Faith in the Club's Young Guns

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SALE skipper David Seymour says his faith in the Sharks' future was the key factor in his decision to nail his colours to the mast and sign a new three-year contract with the club.

With Sale bottom of the Premiership and facing a race against time to preserve their top-flight future, it would have been understandable had the former England Saxons flanker opted seek a fresh start elsewhere.

Given his barn-storming displays over the past few seasons, there would have been no shortage of takers for the all action 28-year- old but instead, Seymour - who has been at Sale since 2009 - opted to stay loyal and penned a new three-year contract last weekend.

And he says the meteoric impact of a glut of young Sale starlets this season, many of whom had operated alongside Seymour in the Sharks engine room - was one of the cornerstones behind his decision to stay in Manchester.

"It's always hard for any player when you are coming out of contract - you want to know what the crack is for the next few years - so it's great to be finally done and dusted and for me to know where I am," declared Seymour (right), who followed Rob Miller and Daniel Braid in signing new deals.

"Obviously, the immediate focus is all about the next couple of months as that will effectively shape the next year or so.

"It has been a frustrating season and we haven't performed as well as we would have hoped but you take these knocks along the road and everyone is confident that we will come out on the right side come the start of May.

"But I think people sometimes forget how many youngsters we have in the team. A lot of our 20/21-year-olds have begun to make up the bulk of the team in many ways and they have all performed extremely well.

"This type of year has been a learning curve for everyone but especially the younger guys and if we can get through this season they will not only learn massively from the experience but they will be better players for it as well.

"You just look at our front row with guys like Henry Thomas, Tommy Taylor and Ross Harrison.

You don't expect people in those key positions to become better players until their late 20s really but these young guys are holding their own and more, so that's a massive bonus for the club. …

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