Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen will see out his playing days with the club after signing a two-year extension to his contract.
The deal means Gallen will remain with the Sharks until the end of the 2015 season, by which time he will be 34 years of age.
Speaking at a press conference, Gallen said he was delighted to be able to remain with the Sharks – a club he joined as a youngster in 2001.
“To be a one club man throughout my career is something I will be able to look back on one day with a lot of pride,” Gallen said.
“I’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into my career here at the Sharks and I look forward to the next four years being successful for me and also for the club.”
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan was equally delighted at the news.
“Over the last couple of seasons Paul has established himself as one of the elite players in the NRL competition. To have him commit to the Sharks for what is potentially the rest of his career, is extremely positive for the team and for our club,” Flanagan said.
“If he isn’t already, by the time his career is over I can see him being rated as the best player this club has ever had.”