Sharks re-sign key duo to new deals

Anthony Tupou

When a player has a chance to stay at a club that they believe are going places, leaving is often hard, and for Cronulla Sharks back-rower and team-mate Ricky Leutele, the decision was an easy one – they decided to stay.

Both Tupou and Leutele have signed new 2-year deals, will play at the Sharks until the end of the 2015 season.

For Tupou, he is looking forward to the next two years at the club, with the back-rower enjoying a solid run of form so far this year.

“It’s always hard when you’re coming off-contract but I’m just happy that I’ll be here for another two years,” said Tupou.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me and that the club’s getting better and better, and I want to add to that and be a part of it.”

With several clubs vying for his signature, Tupou knocked back those overtures to stay at the Sharks, a club that he feels is going from strength to strength.

“It started at the start of this year. There was a real good feel and it’s different to the other years I’ve been here,” said Tupou.

“This is my fifth year here and it was really good to see the boys get behind me and support me and express that they really wanted me to stay here as well.”

“Everyone’s been really good in showing Electronic Cigarettes their interest in me and that’s what got it over the line.

Injury has never been kind to Tupou at times, but he is currently enjoying a lengthy stint injury-free, culminating in the form that saw him rewarded with this new contract.

“I was injured for 13 weeks last year and I suppose it was bad, but I got to freshen up,” said Tupou.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity and I love it here at the Sharks.”

With the club headed in the right direction, coach Shane Flanagan was pleased to see Tupou re-sign, a player that is part of the Sharks side moving forward, as well as the re-signing of Leutele, a promising player for the future of the Sharks back-line.

“The last couple of years, while he hasn’t missed a lot of games Anthony had that radical surgery and has played injured a lot of the time. But finally his knee is good, he’s fit and he can run again,” Flanagan said.

“As a result we’re seeing the old Anthony Tupou, fit and strong and we’re very happy he’s signed on for another two years.

“With Ricky, it was disappointing about his injury this year but he was in first grade, playing well and showing us what he can do at the start of the year. It’s a really important position and he is showing great potential,” Flanagan added.

Ricky Leutele

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