Sharks sign Josh Charnley in cross-code move

Josh Charnley will be a part of Sale Sharks, the Premiership rugby union club, after switching from rugby league team Wigan Warriors at Super League season’s end.

Twenty-four year old Charnley has helped Wigan becoming winner in a Super League Grand Final as well as 2 Challenge Cups since joining in the year 2010.

Steve Diamond, the director of rugby, told that Josh is a great signing. Everyone he has spoken to rates him very highly. In the meantime, Wigan centre Dan Sarginson would join NRL side Gold Coast Titans in the coming season.

Charnley, who has taken part in 7matches for England, registered a hat-trick in his most recent game for the Warriors – Monday’s 30-16 victory against Hull KR. He has racked up 148 tries and quetched 94 goals in hundred-fifty-two matches for previous season’s Super League finalists.

Diamond told that he has explosive pace and could play either full-back or on the wing. The last big signing they made from Wigan, back in the year 2000, was Jason Robinson and what an impact he had. Wigan attempted to keep both Sarginson and Charnley by offering them new contracts, said Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan.

He added that they offered Josh a new long-term deal that would put him up there with the top earners at the club. However, having won a lot at Wigan, he feels that the time is right to take on an all new challenge.