North Queensland Cowboys has confirmed a three-year contract with halfback Chad Townsend, who won the Cronulla Sharks Premiership.
Earlier this week, there was news that Townsend was set up to work with the Cowboys.
The 30-year-old canceled his contract at the end of the season, but had the option of a player in favor of staying at The Shire.
The Cowboys have cash to spend on Michael Morgan’s medical retirement.
Many thought the club would chase South Sydney’s halfback Adam Reynolds, but they seem to be moving in a different direction.
Shark’s local junior, Townsend, played 141 games at Cronulla and was a halfback to the 2016 Premiership Championship campaign.
Cronulla confirmed that Townsend had notified the playgroup of his decision Wednesday morning.
The long-term stability of the Cowboys contract is believed to have tempted Townshend to accept the offer.
“We can confirm that Chad Townsend has refused to adopt the contract option for the 2022 season and will accept the opportunity to play elsewhere,” the shark said in a statement.
The Cowboys also confirmed the news Wednesday morning with the delight that Todd Payten was able to get their man.
“After retiring Captain Michael Morgan, we didn’t keep our intention to secure a senior half secret,” said Peyten.
“We were looking for a structured and organized halfback that could steer the team around the park. I think we found it in Chad.
“He’s a talented football kicker, working well and making a strong voice on the field. These were the three areas he emphasized when he half-entered the market.”
Dinomeza Testa, CEO of Kronura Sharks, confirmed the news and paid tribute to Townsend’s impact on the club.
He also confirmed that Townsend will remain in the club for the rest of the 2021 season.
“Chad is a great servant of our club, showing great personality throughout his career, ensuring that I and everyone at Sharks are committed to getting the job done and making the 2021 season a success. He did, “said Mezatesta.
“He put his family first in his decision to take advantage of this opportunity, which we are fully grateful for and understand.
Confirming that Townsend has left the shark will trigger many half of the out-of-contract bid wars.
Adam Reynolds, Sean Johnson and Mitchell Moses all terminated their contracts at the end of the season and futures will be categorized in the coming weeks.
NRL 2021: North Queensland Cowboys sign halfback Chad Townsend of Kuronura shark on a three-year contract
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