With 275 NRL games to his name, Aiden Tolman will don his third NRL jersey, signing with the Cronulla Sharks for 2021.
Tolman began his career with the Melbourne Storm back in 2008 before joining the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2011.
He would go on to play 222 games for the Bulldogs to become one of the club’s most consistent performers over that period of time.
The move works out well for Tolman who is a local resident in the shire area, and he is excited at the new challenge.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Tolman said.
“The Sharks have come along, offered a contract and I’m over the moon.
“To live local, come to a strong club that has played finals for a number of years, I’m really happy to be here and to be on board.”
He may be a veteran player now but Tolman knows he has to earn his spot and that there are no guarantees.
“Obviously, I want to be in the team, but I’ve got to earn my position,” Tolman continued.
“The Club lost a lot of experience over the past few years and I’m looking forward to adding to that and I can’t wait for the pre-season.”
Sharks coach John Morris knows how invaluable the experience of Tolman will be to the side in 2021.
“I’m excited to have him join us for next season,” Morris said.
“He’s a proven winner given his record at the Storm and Bulldogs, his experience will be invaluable, and his character is of the highest calibre.”
Morris also praised Tolman’s durability and knows how important it is to have forwards that can play long minutes in the middle.
“He’s durable and has the rare ability to play big minutes,” Morris continued.
Aiden definitely adds much-needed depth to our forwards, especially considering some of the injuries we have and the players we will be missing early in the season.”