TRANSFER: AJ MacGinty confirms Sale Sharks departure - Ruck

TRANSFER: AJ MacGinty confirms Sale Sharks departure

AJ MacGinty has agreed terms to switch to Bristol Bears ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, we are delighted to reveal.

Regarded as one of the best fly halves in the Premiership, the 31 year-old links up with Pat Lam once again, having helped Connacht to a maiden PRO12 title during the 2015/16 season.

MacGinty has made 93 appearances for Sale Sharks, racking up 801 points since arriving at the AJ Bell Stadium in 2016.

“With our ambition of being one of the top clubs in Europe, I’ve always said depth and quality in each position is vital. Our expectation is that Callum [Sheedy] will continue to develop into an established international and be away with Wales for periods of each season, so it’s important to have World Class experience in the fly half position,” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.

“While we have some very good youngsters coming through, as everyone knows, this is a critical position for the team, so we are pleased to bring in somebody of AJ’s experience and calibre.

“It’s no secret having worked closely with AJ before, that I’m a huge admirer of the qualities that he brings to a team, on and off the field. I’ve kept an eye on his progress since helping him move to Sale from Connacht in 2016 and there’s always been an ambition to work with him again if the opportunity arose. His game management, defensive qualities, kicking ability and all-round understanding of the way I like our teams to play is excellent.”

EDITORS PICKS:

Tuesday’s Transfer Round-Up

RUMOUR: Exeter Chiefs second-row Sam Skinner has been put top of the shopping list of a pair of Premiership clubs according to the latest reports. FULL STORY

SIGNED: Wasps are delighted to announce the signing of Gordon Reid, who has joined the Club on a short-term deal. FULL STORY

AVAILABLE: Montpellier boss Philippe Saint-André has responded to reports that England and Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford could join Montpellier next summer. FULL STORY

RUMOUR: Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam is interested in bringing Mako Vunipola to Ashton Gate, according to The Rugby Paper. FULL STORY

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