For some players, a jersey is all about pride and at the Cronulla Sharks, that is precisely what Chad Townsend feels.
The local Yarrawarrah Tigers junior has been through thick and thin at the Sharks, and has a new deal as a result.
His form has warranted it, as he signs on for the 2021 season, having already been contracted for 2020.
His new contract also includes options for both the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Making his debut for the club back in 2011, games were sporadic, prompting a move to the New Zealand Warriors.
Returning to the Sharks in 2016, Townsend has not looked back since, becoming a mainstay in the halves.
“I grew up here, this is where I want to play,” Townsend said.
“I love playing for this jersey, it means a lot to me and I’m looking forward to the future.
“I’m very happy to be staying in the Shire.”
Coach John Morris, who was also a former teammate of Townsend’s is pleased to see him stick around.
“It’s fantastic news, he’s such an important part of our Club,” Morris said.
“No player in the NRL would be more consistent than Chad Townsend, on and off the field. He’s the ultimate professional.
“He is a rare game manager, a player who can execute a game plan and he’s a crucial part of our team.”