Sale Sharks have announced that Cameron Redpath will leave the club with immediate effect to join Bath Rugby on a three-year contract.

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As reported by RugbyPass last Friday, both Bath and Exeter Chiefs had been keen on securing the signature of the highly rated England prospect.

And Sale have now confirmed that the Academy graduate has been snapped up by Bath following the agreement of a six-figure transfer fee, with Director of Rugby Steve Diamond stressing that while the club were keen to keep the 20-year-old on their books, ultimately “the desire for our players and staff to actually want to be here” was of greater importance.

“Sale Sharks can today announce that Cameron Redpath will leave the club with immediate effect to join Bath Rugby on a three-year contract,” Sale confirmed.

The club have reluctantly agreed to accept a six-figure transfer fee to release Cameron from his Sale Sharks contract after unsuccessful negotiations with the player over the past couple of weeks.

Redpath was in the second year of a five-year contract but has failed to retain a regular first team place after a number of injuries halted his development.

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Cameron, the son of former Sale scrum-half Bryan Redpath, joined the Sharks on a full-time academy contract after leaving Sedbergh School in 2017, the 20-year-old made a total of 22 appearances over two seasons in Manchester.

“The utility-back was selected for the England U20s in his first season at Sale after impressing with the U18’s the previous year whilst studying his A-Levels at Sedbergh.”

Diamond added that he was disappointed to lose a home-grown player from the squad.

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“We have a hard working and vibrant culture at the club which is developing through selective recruitment and the inclusion of our home-grown talent,” Diamond said.

“We are 100% committed to our academy vision and the development of high-level players within the North-West. However, the most important ingredient in this process is the desire for our players and staff to actually want to be here. After meeting with Cameron on several occasions over the past few weeks, it became clear his desire was to leave the club.”

“In a message to Sale supporters ahead of his move to the south-west, Cameron said: “I would like to thank everyone at Sale for their support over the last two seasons, the coaches and staff at Sale were nothing but good to me. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the remainder for the season and the future.”

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