In a huge retention for their NRLW side, the Cronulla Sharks have re-signed star Emma Tonegato on a two-year extension. 

Already contracted for 2024, the two year deal offers both parties confidence and stability at their core, with Tonegato pleased to don the Sharks jersey and continue the club’s legacy in the competition.

“It’s been great to debut for the Sharks and the first season was really special to me. I’m excited to continue that legacy,” Tonegato said.

“Being a female in sport, we’ve always had such short-term contracts. It’s the first time that I’ve locked in my future for a few years and I know where I’m going to be.”

The stability for Tonegato allows her to plan both on and off the field, something she was pleased to secure for her future.

“Off field, that allows me to plan, know where I’m going to live and know what my income’s going to be, “Tonegato continued.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in that position. It’s really nice and I’m hoping that will translate to a stress-free on-field performance.”

Although their season did not go as planned, Sharks coach Tony Herman knows that retaining Tonegato is crucial if they are to have success.

“It’s a great re-signing for the club,” Herman said.

Emma made the transition from fullback to five-eighth last season and had an exceptional year.

“She’ll only get better into this season, so we’re thrilled to have her as part of the club moving forward. We’re looking forward to what she’ll do in 2024.”

Tonegato is not only a player at the club, she also has a role as the Sharks’ Equal Access Program Lead which works focuses on the disability space.

“It’s just a really cool feeling to know that you’re backed by the club and supported,” Tonegato said.

“They support my passion off field in disability and community. I want to work for them and give back to them just as much as they support me.”

By ricky

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