Tigers back Chris Lawrence has recently become hot property on the player market, but for him, he says that he has no plans to go anywhere else, as the lure of playing alongside one of the games most exciting players in Benji Marshall is just not something he can leave.
Lawrence is set to sign a new deal that will see remain a Tiger for life, as he is seen as the core of the Tigers side, as they build towards the future, and a charge towards premiership glory.
The deal is expected to be $1.6 million over the course of 5 seasons, and Lawrence could not be happier at signing the new deal, expected to be announced today.
“The club gave me an opportunity when I was younger, so to show them loyalty is great,” Lawrence said.
“I’m getting the chance to play with high-class players like Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall and Lote Tuqiri, and looking at it longer-term, some of the guys coming through the club, I can see them developing into top-line first-graders.
“I know with a lot of boys in the Toyota Cup, we’ve got some really good talent and I think we’ll have a strong group the next three, four and five years, and that made my decision easier knowing the club was heading in the right direction.”
For Lawrence, having already played alongside Benji for the last few years, he wants to continue to build that partnership with the NZ international, but also, with Australian winger, Lote Tuqiri.
“I think Benji is the best player in the game at the moment,” Lawrence said.
“He’s definitely helped my game and to have an opportunity to play along side of him for the next four or five years, and also knowing he’s here long-term as well, that really helped my decision.
“I’ve got Lote on the outside and Benji on the inside, so I’m spoilt for choice.”
For Tigers captain Robbie Farah, he says that the entire team is pleased that Lawrence is staying at the club, and he sees the young centre as future captain material.
“There was a fair bit of interest in him from other clubs, and in my opinion he’s one of the best centres in the game and a future captain of our club,’ Farah said.