Steve Diamond hailed the maturity of his gamers after Sale Sharks’ total squad agreed “amended” contracts to assist the membership survive the monetary disaster.
On what was dubbed ‘deadline day’ in English membership rugby, Premiership bosses across the nation scrambled to signal gamers to offers largely lowered in worth however elevated in size.
First throughout the road have been Sale regardless of boss Diamond admitting to “difficult discussions” as “some of the lads are in the prime of their lives and it’s never happened to anyone else before to my knowledge, people taking cuts.”
He added: “The fairness of it is nowt to do with us really, it’s what’s going on around the world but we’ve not hidden anything and the lads have been brilliant.
“If the world really turns to dust financially it could be the loss of professional rugby but by giving ourselves a sensible base going forward we hope we can get through this.”
With solely 75 per cent of spending on gamers signed earlier than at present counting in direction of subsequent season’s lowered wage cap, golf equipment took the choice over the weekend to go it alone and get their enterprise completed.
“The salary cap reduction has come at the right time really,” Diamond added. “The numbers were going crazy. It needed a leveller and the Covid disaster has been that leveller.
“If most people can run their businesses like we run ours we’d be hopeful that most would get through it.”