As of July 3rd, Chris Ashton is no longer playing for Toulon. Today, the 31-year-old rugby union and rugby league player signed a contract with Sale Sharks. The club published the statement about Ashton’s arrival at the club on their official website. After signing with Sale Sharks, Aston said, “I'm delighted to be joining Sale Sharks.”
Chris started his rugby league career playing for Wigan Warriors between 2005 and 2007. After making 72 appearances and scoring 120 goals for Wigan Warriors, Ashton left the club. He started the next big chapter of his career by playing rugby union with Northampton Saints. He stayed with the club for five years, between 2007 and 2012. The next stop for Ashton was another five-year stay, only this time Wigan-born player signed a contract with Saracens.
In the summer of 2017, Ashton went on to play in France after signing a contract with Toulon where he quickly became the best betting sites’ favourite. He played for the club for one season only before asking the club to release him from his contract. Namely, Chris signed a three-year contract with Toulon but decided to return to England rugby before his contract expired. Sale Sharks paid approximately £88,500 to Toulon to compensate for Ashton’s early leave from France’s Top 14 club.
One of the main reasons Ashton decided to come back to England was the fact that he hadn’t played for the country’s international team since 2014. As Chris explained in one of the interviews, he wanted to reach his full potential playing for England. Now that he signed with Sale Sharks, Ashton has a chance to play at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Commenting on Ashton’s arrival at the club, Sale Sharks’ Steve Diamond couldn’t hide his excitement about the newest club’s transfer. “He'll join the exciting players already at the club and if we secure another two or three of our forward targets, we'll have a squad capable of reaching a top four placing,” Diamond said.