Wasps-bound Tommy Taylor wants to leave Sale Sharks on a high, by bringing European Champions Cup rugby back to the AJ Bell Stadium for next season.
Taylor, 24, announced in February that he would leave the north for Dai Young’s Wasps side but is determined to finish his Sale career with a flourish.
The hooker has 66 Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances for Sale Sharks since making his debut in the 2011-12 season.
He has featured in all but one of Steve Diamond’s sides this season and is desperate to end the season in style.
“I just want to obviously finish the season strongly, I’ve been here five years, and I want to do myself proud at the end,” said the former Macclesfield player.
“It’s gone well personally. I targeted a few things at the start of the season, like you do every season, things you want to improve, and I think it’s gone well.
“I wanted to improve on things like leadership and I feel like that’s gone quite well – obviously there’s always things you want to improve on, especially as a hooker there’s a wide skill-set, and with more experience, you want to change and adapt during games, and that’s something I can work on.”
Sale host Gloucester Rugby tomorrow night and will be looking to keep their unbeaten home record intact as well as moving a step closer to securing a top-six finish.
Taylor’s move to the Ricoh Arena next season will see him team up with a side who made the semi-finals of this season’s Champions Cup and are still in with a shot at the Aviva Rugby Premiership title.
And while Taylor is looking forward to the move, he admitted it will be a wrench to leave Sale.
“I’m excited for the new challenge, I’ve always said it’ll be sad to leave Sale, it’s my home club and a lot of my friends are here, and it’ll be tough,” he said.
“But it’s a good time for a new challenge – you never want to be comfortable in a short career, you always want to be challenged, and I think going to Wasps, I’ll certainly be challenged.”
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