SALE SHARKS are shrugging off speculation surrounding Tom Curry and are happy to wait for the player to finish his summer tour with England and subsequent holiday before launching contract negotiations.
RUCK sources suggest both Bristol Bear and Leicester Tigers are interested in the 24-year-old England star, who has won 38 caps, including three for the Lions, since making his international debit against Argentina in 2017.
But the Sharks are adamant that their academy product, who is out of contract next summer, is going nowhere and remain confident that he will soon sign a new long-term AJ Bell Stadium deal.
Curry is currently away on international duty and is not due to return for pre-season training for another seven to eight weeks.
And Sharks boss Alex Sanderson is keen for his young star to take a complete break from rugby before getting down to serious contract talks.
The plan has always been to sort out Curry’s long-term future with the offer of a new deal worth somewhere in the region of £550,000-a-season, which would make him the clubs highest-paid player.
That represents a massive pay hike for the fans’ favourite who is currently on just £300,000-a-season and all the indications are that Curry will be happy to put pen to paper before the new season starts.
His representatives have been kept fully informed of Sale’s intentions and have already held informal conversations.
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Tom Curry facts: 5 things you didn’t know
1. Rugby family
He, along with his twin brother Ben, is the son of Bishop Heber High School Head Teacher David Curry and nephew of former England hooker John Olver and cousin of Doncaster Knights fly-half Sam Olver.