On the eve of this week’s clash v the Gold Coast Titans, the Cronulla Sharks have received a boost with key half Chad Townsend signing a new 3-year deal with the club.
Townsend, who has played in 94 NRL games to date – 53 of which have come with the Sharks – over a 6-year NRL career, has blossomed into a perfect foil for live-wire James Maloney in the halves.
A local Yarrawarrah Tigers junior, the Sharks plans to retain the majority of their 2016 premiership winning side remains high on their list.
For Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, the varying styles of his two halves – Maloney and Townsend – is why they interlock and perform so well alongside each other.
“Chad is a local junior, a member of our premiership winning team and a very important member of our side,” said Flanagan..
“While James Maloney and Chad are different types of players, they work well together and Chad is still relatively young and has some of his best football in front of him.
“We are pleased he has re-signed and look forward to him continuing his improvement and development over the next few years.”
As a local junior and after experiencing premiership success last year, the decision to stay at the Sharks was a simple one for Townsend in the end.
“I’m very happy to secure my future for the next three years and I’m excited to be a part of the Club moving forward,” said Townsend.
“On the back of last year and what that meant to the fans and the Members and the community, to represent this Club and be from this area is definately something that I hold close to my heart.”