Sale Sharks quiet on link to Wigan Warrior's Richards

Pat Richards

Richards has played a key role in Wigan's resurgence in recent years

Sale Sharks are remaining tight lipped on speculation linking them to Wigan Warriors back Pat Richards at the end of the current Super League season.

Richards was voted last season's Super League 'Man of Steel'.

The 29-year-old is currently working his way back to fitness after rupturing his Achilles tendon during Wigan's 2010 Grand Final win over St Helens.

A Sale spokesman confirmed the club were aware of the speculation, but declined to comment further.

The Stockport-based Premiership rugby union club have made a raft of recent signings as they look to rebuild their first-team squad after a second successive season during which the Sharks have struggled at the lower end of the table.

Richards began his career with the Parramatta Eels before moving to Wests Tigers, where he was a member of the side which won the 2005 NRL Grand Final.

He moved to Wigan later that year, and has since played 153 games for the Cherry and Whites, scoring 105 tries and kicking 259 goals. in 2010 he set a club record by scoring a total of 410 points, but his contract runs out at the end of this season.

Although born in Australia, Richards plays international rugby league for Ireland, being eligible through his parents.

A spokesman for Wigan said: "There has has been no official contact of any kind, and as far as we are concerned there is nothing in the story."

There had been speculation that Richards could train with Sale as part of his rehabiliation.