Sale Sharks and Leeds Carnegie concluded another player exchange as part of their partnership with Leeds skipper Andy Titterrell returning to Sale Sharks on loan to his former club whilst scrum half Will Cliff, 23, and centre Jordan Davies, 21, moving to the Championship side.
Titterrell was a Premiership winner with the Sharks during his first spell at the club between 2000 and 2007 and will move back to Edgeley Park on loan until the end of January when he will return to Leeds Carnegie ahead of the Championship Play Offs.
Cliff and Davies will join up with Leeds Carnegie with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and could be part of the squad for this Saturday's final pool game in the British and Irish Cup game at Pontypridd.
Sale Sharks Executive Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, " Andy was a young lad at the club during my first spell of coaching and I have followed his career with interest. He is a great competitor and will give us the extra options we need at Hooker at this crucial point in the season. "
"Andy joined us this morning for his first training session and is training with the first team squad. Regarding Will and Jordan's moves to Leeds it will give both lads plenty of good quality competitive rugby to play on a regular basis. As with Iain and Tommy we will be watching their progress with interest."
Commenting on the new arrangements Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "This is not a decision we have taken lightly as Andy is a huge part of our club and where we want to be in the future. However, we recognise the fact that we have an excellent relationship with Sale and the fact that Andy would have no interest in playing for any other Premiership club other than the Sharks, who he still has a close bond with.
"We already have Tommy Bell and Iain Thornley on loan from Sale for the entire season and both players have been outstanding for us and the addition of Will Cliff and Jordan Davies will strengthen our squad in key positions for our promotion push in the New Year."
Titterrell, who made 122 Premiership appearances for the Sharks in his first spell at the club, is looking forward to the challenge of playing in the top flight again this season. He added, "This was a very difficult decision to make because we are building something special at Leeds Carnegie.
"However, I know the relationship with Sale Sharks is an important one for the club and I am looking forward to playing for the Sharks until the end of January."