A local junior from the Yarrawarrah Tigers and an integral member of the Sharks Premiership winning team of 2016, Townsend’s signing is another step towards securing the services the majority of the players that helped secure the Sharks first NRL title.
In confirming the signing, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said that Townsend would continue to improve over the coming seasons and continue to be an integral member of the Sharks side.
“Chad is a local junior, a member of our premiership winning team and a very important member of our side,” said Townsend.
“While James Maloney and Chad are different types of players, they work well together and Chad is still relatively young and has some of his best football in front of him.
“We are pleased he has re-signed and look forward to him continuing his improvement and development over the next few years.”
After coming through the junior ranks at the Sharks, Townsend debuted in the NRL back in 2011, played two more years at the Cronulla club before shifting to the New Zealand Warriors in 2014.
He arrived back in the Shire in 2016, slotting straight into the halfback role and was one of the major reasons the Sharks managed to claim their maiden NRL title.
“I’m very happy to secure my future for the next three years and I’m excited to be a part of the Club moving forward,” said Townsend.
“On the back of last year and what that meant to the fans and the Members and the community, to represent this Club and be from this area is definitely something that I hold close to my heart.”
Townsend has now played 94 NRL games, 53 for the Sharks in his six-year NRL career.