James Phillips has boosted Sale Sharks by signing a new one-year contract extension with the Premiership side. The 31-year-old second row made 30 appearances for the side last season after joining on an initial two-year contract from Bath 12 months ago.
Phillips’ performances at the AJ Bell Stadium impressed director of Rugby Steve Diamond into offering a new deal to tie him down to the club until the end of the 2020-21 campaign. Speaking about his contract extension, the former Bristol and Exeter Chiefs man told the Sharks’ website: “I’m delighted to have extended my contract with Sale, I have really enjoyed my first year at the club.
“It’s a fantastic environment and Dimes is building a great culture here, we have made some fantastic signings in the pack for the new season so I’m looking forward to building on the progress we made last year with the new boys that are coming in. “The supporters here at Sale are second to none, and I can’t wait to get back to the AJ Bell, especially playing against some big teams in the Champions Cup – that’s where every player wants to be.”
Diamond added: “James has been a revelation since signing last year from Bath. He served his time well at his previous clubs and has really come into his own since joining us. He’s been consistent throughout the year across his entire game and has really improved our go forward within the pack.”