Sheridan waves goodbye to England career after agreeing deal to join Toulon
Andrew Sheridan's England's career looks to be over after he decided to join Jonny Wilkinson at Toulon.
The giant prop will leave Sale this summer to embark on a new challenge with the French side.
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Sale's executive director of sport Steve Diamond has revealed that Sheridan has decided to accept a lucrative deal across the Channel.
He said: 'Sheri's going to move to Toulon this summer. It's his decision.
'He's been a loyal member of the club for a long time but he feels that he's best suited for the next two or three years to try his hand by playing over in France.
'His words to me when he told me were that he was glad he's been here while I've been here.
'Obviously, I will be sad to see him go because he's been here at the club for such a long time but, equally, I guess you then have to look at the pros and the cons.
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'You have to consider what he brings to the club, you also have to look at his England status, his injury status so there's a lot to take into account.'
Sheridan has been at Sale for nine years and the club were hopeful of persuading him to finish his career in the north-west.
The 32-year-old has rarely appeared for Sale over the past four years because of a combination of England duty and niggling injuries.
His latest shoulder injury ensured he was sent home early from England's disastrous World Cup campaign in New Zealand last year.
Sheridan becomes the latest England player to join Toulon after Wilkinson, Simon Shaw, Paul Sackey, Steffon Armitage, Kris Chesney and Dean Schofield.