The length of the deal may be a big talking point but the signing of Dale Finucane by the Cronulla Sharks is no doubt a good one.
Finucane, who is currently at the Melbourne Storm, has signed a four-year deal with the Sharks from 2022.
Since making his debut in 2012, Finucane has played in 208 NRL games, is an NRL premiership winner, and has five Origin caps to his name.
Finucane, who hails from country town Bega, is a player that Sharks General Manager Darren Mooney knows will add plenty to the side.
“Dale has a great relationship and respect for Craig (Fitzgibbon) through an association at representative level dating back to 2014 with NSW Country and more recently the NSW Origin team and Craig sees him a senior leader at the Club,” Mooney said.
“He is also someone who can help mentor our young team while setting standards and enhancing the culture we are looking to build.
“Dale was also impressed with the future vision, where the Board and senior management is taking the club and is excited to be a part of that future.”
To date for the Storm, Finucane has played in 147 NRL games over seven seasons and he knows he will miss the organisation and its people.
“I’ve been here seven years, played with some great players, enjoyed some success, and had the chance to be coached by Craig, one of the best coaches in the history of the game,” Finucane said.
“I’m going to miss the people here, the friendships I’ve made, and the way the club is.
“It’s hard to put it into words how much Storm means to me.”
With the current pandemic once again restricting fans from attending games, Finucane hopes that can change in the near future.
“My big hope is that we can get back to AAMI Park and play in front of our members and fans who haven’t had much of an opportunity to see us over the past two years,” Finucane continued.
“I believe our members and fans are the best supporters in the comp and that view has only grown with the way they’ve stuck by us in record numbers during 2020 and 2021.
“Hopefully we can finish this season on a high.”