Currently in his fifth season at the Cronulla club and his 17th overall in the NRL, Lewis will play his 299th top grade match when the Sharks play the Titans in round 19.
Lewis has been in outstanding form for the Sharks in 2017, playing 14 of 16 matches while scoring four tries, two of those spectacular long-range efforts in his team’s last two games.
Pleased to have his future sorted for another season, Lewis was not only looking forward to the remainder of this year and to the Sharks continuing to mount a strong title defence, but also to what lay ahead in 2018.
“It’s good to know I’ll get to wear the blue, black and white jersey for another 12 months. I’m very excited about the next two years,” Lewis said.
“The body feels good, I’m enjoying my footy at the moment, which is the most important thing and I enjoy the boys we’ve got here. The nucleus of the group is here again next year as well, which made my decision very easy,” he added.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has repeatedly said he doesn’t pick teams based on age, with Lewis one of the experienced campaigners amongst his squad who continues to earn a spot each week due to his high standard of play.
“Nobody looks at birth certificates or passports before they run out onto the field and while obviously one of the older players in our club Luke has also been one of our best performed again this year,” Flanagan said. “Add to that the experience he brings to the group, the example he sets for the young players in the way he trains, he hardly ever misses a training session and I’ve got no doubt he will be an asset to our team again next season.”
The signing stretches his career into an 18th season, with Lewis debuting in the NRL as an outside back while playing for the Panthers in 2001.
The Clive Churchill Medallist, awarded to the best player on the field in the Sharks 2016 Grand Final triumph, Lewis has played 90 NRL games for Cronulla since joining the club in 2013.
Cronulla Sharks 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Aaron Gray (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2019), Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers, 2019)|
|2018 Losses: Jack Bird (Brisbane Broncos), Fa'amanu Brown (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Manaia Cherrington (New Zealand Warriors), Daniel Mortimer (Leigh Centurions)|
|Re-Signed: Kurt Capewell (2019), Sosaia Feki (2019), Andrew Fifita (2022), Wade Graham (2019), Valentine Holmes (2019), Luke Lewis (2018), Matt Prior (2020), Chad Townsend (2020)|
|Off Contract 2017: Gerard Beale, Adam Clydsdale, Kurt Dillon, Jordan Drew, Paul Gallen, Chris Heighington, Jeremy Latimore, Joseph Paulo, Sam Tagataese, Tony Williams|