After making his 100th Sale Sharks appearance, Jonathan Mills has fondly recalled his time so far at the club.
Mills led the side out at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday before losing out 24-23 to Bristol.
“I’ve absolutely loved it here,” said the 32-year-old.
“My first few years we were pushing at the top, trying to get that top four spot, and at the moment we’re a little bit off that pace. But we’re still confident in what we’re doing.”
The second-row also shared his thoughts on the new ownership at Sale, after Simon Orange and Ged Mason purchased the club in the summer.
“Everything off the pitch is improving, the new owners are really making the effort to get the club going forward, all the staff are trying little things to make the club that much better,” he explained.
“It’s a shame that results on the pitch haven’t matched up at the moment. But we’re confident in our ability, and hopefully in the not too distant future results will come our way.”
After their latest defeat, Sale now prepare to face a Harlequins side that boast an impressive home record, after beating them 19-10 in Manchester earlier in the season.
“They’re a different beast at home. On the weekend, even though we didn’t get the result against Bristol, we were happy with how we played,” Mills said.
“We did give a couple of soft tries away though, so if we can eliminate that and play how we did in attack, then we’ll be a hard team to beat.
“I think the supporters will have seen it as well. When we were in attack, it was the best it had felt all season. We created a lot of problems for them and we had a lot of go-forward ball, and probably left a few tries out there.
The Welshman went on to say that the strength he and is teammates have is their camaraderie.
“The results haven’t gone our way in the past month and a half, but we’re a tightknit group and we’re confident in each others ability. If we keep working hard for each other, results will come.”
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