AYSHFORD TO WARRIORS | 2 Year deal
After two seasons with the Sharks, centre Blake Ayshford has signed a two year deal with the New Zealand Warriors.
Ayshford, who debuted with the Sharks in round one of the 2014 season, has played 18 top grade games during the past two years.
With the backline relatively injury free and due to the good form of Ricky Leutele and Gerard Beale, Ayshford has unfortunately enjoyed limited opportunities in 2015 but in warming up as 18th man on Sunday is still well and truly in the mix should he be required over the coming weeks.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan wished Ayshford well in his future endeavours and thanked him for his contribution over the last two seasons.
“This two year contract represents a good opportunity for Blake and we certainly wish him all the best with the Warriors,” Flanagan said. “He has been a good servant of our club over the past couple of years and while his opportunities were limited this season I certainly can’t fault his effort or his attitude.”
Ayshford joined the Sharks from the Wests Tigers, where he played 104 NRL games and prior to that was a student at the local Endeavour Sports High School.
Perhaps the best form Ayshford displayed in Sharks colours was in New Zealand, as a part of the Cronulla team which finished runners up at the 2015 NRL Nines tournament.
Ayshford was named in the team of the tournament in turning in a series of eye-catching displays.
He remains a part of the Sharks extended squad as the team continues their journey through the NRL finals.