Josh Charnley has all the attributes as an athlete and rugby player to be a success at Sale Sharks, according to future team-mate Will Addison.
The 24-year-old has helped rugby league’s Wigan Warriors to win a Super League Grand Final and two Challenge Cups but will switch codes to Sale – and Aviva Premiership Rugby – at the end of the Super League season.
He has scored 148 tries in 152 appearances for Wigan and Addison believes he is a player of the highest order who will adapt to rugby union in no time.
He said: “Myself and a few guys here we watch a lot of [rugby] league.
“I've seen plenty of Josh and I've always been impressed by him, he's a top finisher and he's just going to have to learn the intricacies of wing play and back play in union which is massively different to league which I'm sure he's adept to doing.
“He's shown his capabilities as an athlete and rugby player in the past so I'm sure he'll show it again in Sale colours.
“At Sale we don't have as many resources and haven't been spending like Bath or Northampton, with the size of squads they have, and maybe that has had a knock-on effect for competition in our squad, but that has really started to up itself in the last couple of years.
“We've had Sam James come through this year who has only added to the competition which can only make us as young players much better and kick the older players up the bum at times.
“So it's a great position that we're in being able to sign these big names like Josh Charnley.”
Sale face Montpellier in the European Challenge Cup in two weeks time and Addison is relishing the opportunity to test himself against some of Europe’s elite.
The French side currently sit third in the Top 14 and the Sharks centre knows that they face an uphill challenge to qualify for the semi-finals.
Sale won the Challenge Cup in 2005 but since they have only reached the quarter-finals once, in the 2013-14 season when they were knocked out by Northampton Saints, and the whole squad are keen to show their pedigree on the European stage.
He said: “It's a position the club haven't been in for a while with a European quarter-final, so it's a great opportunity for us especially at home against one of the top teams in Europe which will be a massive challenge.
“It will also be great for a couple of the younger guys who, because of the nature of the season we're in, will probably get a chance against Montpellier. So we're all champing at the bit to get stuck into that really.”
If you want to be at the world's biggest club rugby final, this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 28 May, tickets are still available from premiershiprugby.com/final