Leicester beaten by George Ford after fly-half reveals he will be joining Sale at the end of the season
Leicester Tigers beaten by George Ford after England revealed they will join Premiership rivals Sale Sharks when their contract expires at the end of the season.
- George Ford has been instrumental to Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season
- The fly-half revealed his intentions to leave during a meeting Tuesday.
- CEO Sid Sutton gave him a tour of the Sale training complex last Friday.
England’s midfielder George Ford has told Leicester that he will leave the club at the end of the season to join Sale.
Sportsmail understands that Ford revealed his intentions during a meeting with Tigers rugby director Steve Borthwick and chief of recruiting Richard Wilks.
CEO Sid Sutton, 28, took a tour of the Sale training complex last Friday and could sign a three-year contract on Wednesday.
Fly-half George Ford was instrumental to Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season
Ford has been instrumental in Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season and his departure will be a huge blow, with a limited number of replacements available on the market.
Sale’s budget has been freed with the departure of his 10th partner, AJ MacGinty, and Springbok’s padlock, Lood de Jager, also tied to a move closer to home.
The transfer will bring Ford closer to his Northwest roots, while keeping his ambitions to play for England in the 2023 World Cup alive.
Ford hopes Sale’s move will boost his hopes of playing for England in the 2023 World Cup.
French heavyweights Montpellier had expressed an interest in signing the 71-match international, but a move abroad would have spelled the end of their testing ambitions.
Speaking about the possibility of signing Ford last week, Sale rugby director Alex Sanderson said: “We had a conversation and I think it went well. I like the boy, I love what he does. It is very honest.
“ He’s motivated, he’s still very ambitious. He’s a family man, so he showed a lot of traits that would line up really well here. ‘