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Former Warrington Wolves hooker signs for Sale Sharks

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A Leeds-born, former Warrington Wolves hooker, who made the decision to leave rugby league and head over to rugby union, has signed a full-time contract with Sale Sharks.

It’s another example of the 13-man code losing talent to the 15-man one with young Alfie Longstaff signing a three-year deal with the Premiership rugby union side.

Longstaff was a talented teen playing in both codes but committed to union when he turned down a scholarship with Super League side, Warrington Wolves. he has now furthered that commitment by signing his first professional contract.

Along with his first-team deal at Sale Sharks, Longstaff will be able to play with a lower-league Union side to further his development. Longstaff started his junior career with the Oulton Raiders, before moving to Lock Lane. He was with Warrington between the ages of 16 and 18, before crossing codes to join the Yorkshire Rugby Academy.

Sale Sharks share the Salford Community Stadium with the Salford Red Devils. They are coached by former Bradford Bulls man, Paul Deacon.

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Former Warrington Wolves man joins Sale

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Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Longstaff stated his delight at securing his first professional deal. Alongside his rugby commitments, he will study for a degree in Quantity Surveying from Salford University.

Longstaff said, “Signing my first professional contract is a big achievement for me and a goal I have been working towards for many years now,” before adding, “I would like to thank all of my family and friends that have helped me along the way.”

He concludes by stating his belief that Sale is the perfect place to start his career, “Starting my professional career, I feel Sale is the best fit for me and can’t wait to get started.”

The Yorkshire Rugby Academy also published a statement. Announcing the deal, Stuart Dixon, the Academy Programme lead, congratulated Longstaff on his achievement. Dixon said:

“We’re thrilled to announce that Alfie has officially signed with Sale Sharks’ academy. From joining us as an U16 whilst as Rodillian Acadamy, Alfie’s drive and determination to excel have set him apart from his peers.”

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