Cronulla back rower Anthony Tupou, currently in some of the best form of his NRL career, has knocked back other offers to re-sign with the Sharks, while young outside back Ricky Leutele has also committed to the Cronulla club for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Tupou, who recently played his 200th NRL game and has previously represented NSW and Australia, is in his fifth season at the Sharks having debuted for the club at the start of 2009.
His signing, which is for two more years, comes as a major boost for a Sharks team currently travelling nicely inside the top eight on the 2013 NRL ladder.
As for Leutele, cruelly ruled out for the rest of the 2013 season with a severe ankle injury, as a player with immense promise his signing comes as another positive for the Sharks as they build a quality roster for the years ahead.
Coach Shane Flanagan expressed that Tupou’s commitment for a further two years to be an endorsement of the direction the club is heading, while he was also pleased to have secured the signature of Leutele, in doing so bolstering the quality and depth of his NRL backline.