One of the Wests Tigers best players of the modern era, Chris Lawrence has had the ups and the downs during his time at the club.
But in a boost for both Lawrence and the club moving forward, the Tigers vice-captain has signed a new 3-year deal with the club.
The 27-year old made his club debut in 2006 and since then, has played in 175 games in Wests Tigers colours and sits on 72 total tries – second on the Tigers all-time list.
With an aim to become a one-club man, Lawrence is pleased to have re-signed with the club.
â€œItâ€™s very exciting to re-sign with the Club for the next three years,â€ Lawrence said.
â€œIâ€™m really pleased to be able to stay at Wests Tigers and hopefully I can become a one-Club player.
â€œItâ€™s a really good group of players here at Wests Tigers, we are tight bunch of guys and all get on with each other really well, so Iâ€™m looking forward to continuing that over the next few years.
â€œIâ€™ve really enjoyed the vice-captaincy role this year, I definitely see myself as a leader in this group as itâ€™s a pretty young squad.”
2016 marked the first year that Lawrence has become a back-rower and he admits that he still has much to learn about the role and wants to keep getting better.
â€œOn an individual level, this is my first year as a full-time back rower, so I really want to grow and develop my game in that position â€“ hopefully I can keep improving with each game I play there,” Lawrence said.
â€œFrom a team perspective, I want to get Wests Tigers back into the top eight, and the top four, because thatâ€™s where we should be,â€ he said.
Lawrence does work for the club both on and off the field and his exhaustive efforts drew praise from Wests Tigers CEO, Justin Pascoe.
â€œChris is an excellent ambassador for the Wests Tigersâ€™ brand,â€ Pascoe said.
â€œHe is a very hard-working individual, both on and off the field, so we are very pleased to have him commit to the Club for three more seasons.
â€œChris is a great leader amongst the playing group and is very active in the Wests Tigersâ€™ community, including the important role he plays as one of the Clubâ€™s beyondblue ambassadors,â€ he said.
Those sentiments were echoed by Tigers coach, Jason Taylor.
â€œChris is an absolute pleasure to have at the Club,â€ Taylor said.
â€œHeâ€™s an out and out professional who turns up every day and prepares himself in the absolute best possible way. He sets a great example for the younger players at the Club and we are very happy and excited about the future with Chris continuing to be one of our leaders.
â€œThe thing with Chris is that he puts his body on the line every single week and plays with every ounce of energy that he has.
â€œHis move to the backrow has been a really positive one, he has enjoyed it, and he is actually getting better as time goes on when it comes to knowing that role,â€ he said.