SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Chad Townsend of the Sharks celebrates victory after the round 19 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium on July 18, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Halfback Chad Townsend has extended his stay at the Cronulla Sharks after re-signing for a further three years.

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.

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“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.


  1. Up Up Cronulla!
    Now we need to sign a center like Latrell Mitchell or Kenny dowell now Bird is gone and 2 good forwards to replace Gal and Heigno.

    • Really happy with the signing and never really thought he would leave. To replace birds versatility I would be chasing someone like gutherson or lolohea (would love peachey back but is not an option).
      I wouldn’t be surprised if gal goes again and with the way our team is running out atm i would just resign taga to replace heino. He was an unsung hero last year.

    • Already have some …. capewell back row or backline bukuya can play more minutes ….. there are some good talent waiting just need a go …problem is sometimes it’s harder to get a spot in our lineup than the Aussie cricket team ……

      • I do agree but i see them being in the team next year regardless. And lolohea and gutho are both capable of filling in the halves as well if needed.
        Big fan of capewell. I think he has a big future ahead of him.
        There is talent in the reserves definitely. Brown has been first grade standard for years and I still don’t see where he fits in.

  2. I wonder if the Sharks would have re signed him if they hadn’t lost out on Bird. Also if you want a good centre I wouldn’t be looking at Kenny Dowl. One of the worst centres in the NRL.

    • Why wouldn’t you want him ??? played junior kangaroos captain already won a premiership lot worse out there on more money not like he’s dropped the kickoff in extra time at a grand final

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