Premiership: Sale Sharks snap up former Gloucester back Jason Woodward on one-year contract

Sale Sharks have confirmed the signing of former Gloucester and New Zealand U20 back Jason Woodward, who joins on a one-year contract.

The 32-year-old, who is also capable of playing at centre or wing, was released by the Cherry and Whites at the end of last season but finds a new home.

Alex Sanderson’s outfit are happy to welcome Woodward to the club and believes he will continue to impress in the Premiership this coming campaign.

Proven Premiership performer

“Jason is a proven Premiership performer who will add a great deal of quality and experience to what is a young squad here,” said the Sale Sharks boss.

“He has the ability to play in a number of positions and that’s a massive bonus for us with such a busy schedule ahead.”

Woodward has also played for Bristol in England’s top flight, joining the West Country club from Super Rugby outfit the Hurricanes in New Zealand.

The versatile player, who is English qualified, played 67 times for Gloucester and managed to score 90 points during his impressive stint at Kingsholm.

Elsewhere in the Premiership, Saracens have announced the signing of prop James Flynn, who joins the club from Championship side Jersey Reds.

The 28-year-old has played for Sale Sharks in the past before he moved to Ampthill and then Jersey and is thrilled to link up with the top flight team.

Flynn happy and fortunate

“My goal for the last two years has been to get back into the Premiership and I am incredibly happy and fortunate that I have been given an opportunity here at Saracens. I’m looking forward to the challenge and being a part of such a great squad,” he said.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall added: “James is a great addition to our squad and we are very pleased to have him on board. He has good experience and is very motivated to make the best of this opportunity.

“We’d of course like to thank Harvey Biljon and Jersey Reds for helping us accommodate this move and wish them all the best for this season.”

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