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Jonny May will not join Saracens this summer as the reigning Premiership champions continue to reshape their squad following the salary cap scandal.
A flurry of exits are expected imminently at Allianz Park in order for Saracens to comply with this season’s £7m cap, which includes two marquee players that are exempt from the limit.
Saracens are understood to have been more than £650,000 over that cap for two of the last three seasons, resulting in the 35-point penalty imposed in November that has dropped them to the bottom of the Premiership table and into a relegation dogfight, with Mark McCall’s side still 18 points off 11th-placed Leicester Tigers. They were also fined a record £5.36m, the largest sanction handed out in any sport for a salary cap breach worldwide.
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As a result, new Saracens non-executive chairman Neil Golding and interim chief executive Edward Griffiths – brought in to replace the recently-retired Nigel Wray – have been tasked with getting their house in order, which will lead to a number of first-team squad players leaving between now and the end of the season.
Despite the enforced departures, Saracens have still been linked with new summer signings, the most high-profile of which is current England wing May who is out of contract at Leicester Tigers this season and weighing up his future. If Saracens are able to drag themselves off the foot of the table, the 10-time Premiership champions are currently favourites to be relegated to the Championship.
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