Cronulla Sharks lock in rising duo

The Cronulla Sharks have announced duo Toby Rudolf and Will Kennedy will remain in the Shire after the pair agreed to terms on separate contract extensions.

Rudolf, 25, will remain at Cronulla until the end of 2024 after signing a three-year deal, while Kennedy, 24, will stay put on a two-year extension.

It’s understood Rudolf knocked back interest from Canterbury to recommit with the Sharks, who handed him his NRL debut last season after making his way into first grade following a stint in the Queensland Cup.

“I’m absolutely chuffed to be honest,” Rudolf said in a club statement. “This club gave me the chance to play first grade last year and before that when I was just at Redcliffe doing my best.

While this year hasn’t gone to plan for Cronulla, who are currently 13th on the NRL ladder, Kennedy has been a bright spot for the club and has this season locked down the fullback position.

According to a Daily Telegraph report, the duo re-signed on deals worth a combined $2.5 million.

“The retention of both Will Kennedy and Toby Rudolph is fantastic news for the club,” Sharks interim coach Josh Hannay said.

“Both players have been standouts this year for us and their performances are a reflection of the work and dedication they put in over the pre-season and continue to do so day in day out.

“Both are a great example of two young men getting the best out of themselves and I have no doubt the best is yet to come for Will and Toby, with their commitment to the club showing their faith and belief in the direction that the club is heading.”

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