|Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Mark Wilson from Newcastle Falcons for the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership Season.|
Newcastle Falcons have agreed to release Wilson to the Sale Sharks after the completion of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Cumbrian born flanker will return to his first professional club for the start of the 20/21 season.
Steve Diamond, Sale Sharks Director of Rugby was especially pleased to be able to come to an agreement with Newcastle and secure the services of Mark for part of next season. He said:
NEW SIGNING | Sale Sharks agree a loan deal with @FalconsRugby and @Mark_wils610! 💪— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) July 2, 2019
Mark will be representing #YourSharks for the 19/20 #GallagherPrem and will head to Carrington after the #RWC2019! 🦈
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“We are delighted to secure Mark’s services for the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season. It’s going to be a big year for us at Sale and it’s not often a current England International becomes available, so we jumped at the chance to loan him from the Falcons when the opportunity arose.
“We wish Mark good luck in his pre-season training with England and look forward to welcoming him at Carrington after the completion of the World Cup. – I would also like to wish Newcastle all the best with their season and look forward to hopefully having them back alongside us representing the north in the Gallagher Premiership in the near future.”
Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby added:
“This has not been an easy decision for Mark because he is very loyal to the Falcons, but at the same time we understand he has to think about his England selection.
“Playing Premiership rugby gives him the best possible chance of maintaining his place in the national squad, and as disappointing as it is to lose a player of his ability for a season we fully understand Mark’s reasoning in reaching this decision.
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“Even in his absence we believe we have a squad capable of earning promotion back into the Premiership at the first attempt, without of course taking anything for granted, after which point we would look forward to welcoming Mark back into the fold.
“I don’t think anyone can question Mark’s loyalty after making 224 appearances for the club and the manner in which he has conducted himself throughout that time, and we wish him and Sale Sharks all the best for the coming season.”