Bird is the word as talented utility re-signs at the Sharks

Jack Bird

The rookie of the year will continue to please Sharks fans, with Jack Bird re-signing with the club for a further two seasons.

Agreeing to new terms for 2016 and extending his deal into 2017, the opportunity to see Bird continue to play for the Sharks will please fans, in light of speculation linking him with a move away.

Whilst it took longer than the fans may have wanted, the club was always eager to keep him around.

“The members and fans might wonder why it all took so long, but I was always confident he was going to stay. It was just drawn out due to the details of the contract,” Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said.

“He has a long career ahead of him and it started here so we look forward to having him around for a few more years.

“Young players like Val Holmes, Ricky Leutele and Sosaia Feki are the future of our club and its great Jack will also be a part of it.”

For Bird it was a matter of when he would re-sign, not if he would.

“I always knew I was going to sign here, I just didn’t know when,” Bird said.

“I’m pretty excited about the year ahead and happy to announce I’ll be in the black, white and blue for the next two years.”

It was a big year for Bird, as the 20-year old made his NRL debut, played for Country Origin and won the Rookie of the Year, with big things expected of him moving forward.

“There is a lot of competition for spots in the team, which is a great position for us to be in and Jack understands that,” Flanagan said.

“He’ll be in the team somewhere and training and trials before the start of the season will determine where that is.”

Although every player has a preference has to what position they want to play, Bird is happy to play wherever Flanagan needs him.

“I’m not demanding a position at all. I’ll just be happy to be in the team and to play where Flano needs me to play,” Bird added.

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