Sharks half crosses the Tasman in search of a new opportunity

Chad Townsend

It is part and parcel of the NRL world that players move on and depart clubs for varying reasons and with the likelihood of playing for the Cronulla Sharks not looking likely, their NSW Cup half Chad Townsend has made the decision to cross the Tasman and sign a 2-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors.

The deal, which starts next year and runs until the end of 2015, will see Townsend face stiff competition for a role in the halves with Pita Godinet, Shaun Johnson and Thomas Leuluai all staples at the club or plying their trade in the NSW Cup.

With several clubs in the hunt for him, Warriors coach Matt Elliott is excited to have him on board and sees his versatility and goal-kicking ability as a tremendous asset for the club moving forward.

“He’s going to be of tremendous value to us from next season,” he said.

“We’ve been watching him closely for some time and couldn’t be happier to have secured his services for the next two years.”

With the opportunity to join the Warriors Buy Viagra, it is one that Townsend looks forward to.

“It’s a huge move for me having spent all my life in the shire (Cronulla) but I was hugely impressed with the Warriors’ recruitment approach,” he said.

“They did a fantastic job showing me what the club has to offer and also what a great place Auckland is to live in.

“The Sharks have developed me but this is too good an opportunity to miss. I want to establish myself at NRL level and the Warriors will give me the best possible chance to do that.”

There was also some outgoing player news for the club, with young half Harry Siejka released from his contract with the club effective immediately, as the young half misses Sydney and was feeling a bit homesick.

“Harry told us he’s been missing home and wants to return to Sydney,” said Warriors General Manager of Football Operations, Dean Bell.

“It’s disappointing it hasn’t worked out for him here but he has been a model professional and we’d like to wish him all the best for the future.”

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