Wade Graham

For a while there, Cronulla Sharks fans were worried that future leader and potential State of Origin star Wade Graham was going to depart the club but they can rest easy, with the back-rower re-signing for a further three years.

Joining the Sharks from the Panthers back in 2011, the 23-year old is held in high regard by all at the club and retaining him was the key for the Sharks as they want to build their side around him.

“For a young man Wade shows great character, leadership and maturity beyond his years and his signing is a significant one for the Sharks,” Cronulla Sharks CEO Steve Noyce said.

“He is the sort of player we can build a team around and we are thrilled he has decided to stay with us for the next three years.”

Equally excited about the retention of Graham is Sharks head coach, Peter Sharp.

“He is a quality young man and a very good player. He is a future leader of this club, a great player and it is a real boost for us to re-sign him,” Sharp said.

A key behind Graham’s decision to stay was the direction the club is headed in. Although current results have not been what the club would have wanted, they are working their way towards bigger and better things.

“I’ve been here for four years now, feel at home in Cronulla and I’m close to the playing group. I see it as a club moving forward and I want to be a part of that,” Graham said.

“We’ve had a tough start to the season this year but with players at the club like Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis, Todd Carney, as well as some of the good kids we have coming through the 20’s, we can bounce back this year and be serious contenders over the next couple of years.

“We are heading in the right direction and I want to be a part of what’s happening here at the Sharks,” Graham added.

By ricky

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