Cronulla Sharks halfback Chad Townsend has signed a new contract extension until 2021, with an option for a further two years.
Townsend made his first grade debut for the Sharks back in 2011 and spent three years there before spending two seasons in New Zealand.
He then returned to Cronulla in 2016, and played a crucial part in the Sharks winning their first NRL title.
Townsend told the club website: “I grew up here, this is where I want to play.”
“I love playing for this jersey, it means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m very happy to be staying in the Shire.”
Sharks Head Coach John Morris added: “It’s fantastic news, he’s such an important part of our Club.
“No player in the NRL would be more consistent than Chad Townsend, on and off the field. He’s the ultimate professional.
“He is a rare game manager, a player who can execute a game plan and he’s a crucial part of our team.”
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