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While England boss Martin Johnson frowned on last summer’s player exodus to France’s Top 14 – Cueto was not planning on being out of sight and out of mind across the Channel.
Former World Cup winger Ben Cohen disappeared into the international wilderness after switching to Brive in 2007 and with an avalanche of class back three options, including Ugo Monye, Paul Sackey, Delon Armitage, Matt Banahan and Ben Foden – Cueto was not planning to make the same mistake.
After signing a four-year deal at Edgeley Park which will take him through to the end of his career – Cueto, who made his Sale debut in 2001, is convinced money isn’t everything as he looks to play at a second World Cup.
“There’s a World Cup coming around in less than two years, which came into the equation, so I had to think whether or not moving to France would be a wise decision,” said Cueto.
“I love this club, I’ve got some of my best mates here, I’ve enjoyed my last ten years here and going forward the club is making the right noises in terms of pushing for winning trophies. Putting all these things together it was quite an easy decision.
“There’s a lot of temptation here there and everywhere and to go to France and double your wage is pretty difficult to turn down.
“Obviously with the way the EPS is going, Martin Johnson is ideally going to keep the boys they want in England.
“There was obviously a big shake-up in the summer with players moving abroad and fair play to those boys as many of them got called up. Ultimately it’s a gamble; if you back yourself and you’re playing well you’ll get picked but it is a factor.
“Off the back of the World Cup, being injured and then playing my way back into the England and Sale teams – I guess I appreciate it so much more and I wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardise it.”
Before making his decision to drop anchor at Sale – Cueto sought out the advice of England defence coach Mike Ford.
While all and sundry were criticising Ford and England’s other specialist coaches – Cueto believes Johnson has amassed the best in the business to work with the national team.
So when a decision of a lifetime presented itself – whether to chase cash abroad or stay put in England – Cueto had no hesitation in turning to Ford.
And having amassed so many friends at Edgeley Park – Cueto knows he has made the right decision.
“I’m not just saying it but the coaches that are there (at England) are brilliant,” added Cueto.
“Mike Ford is one of the best defensive coaches I’ve ever worked with in terms of his attention to detail and the same goes for Brian Smith. I spoke to Fordy before I made my decision.
“I’ve been here for so long now and it’s going to be great to get the opportunity to finish my career here.
“Obviously there is a temptation to move away and I didn’t want to commit for four years of my career and then see others leave. I’ve got a lot of close friends here.”