Backrower Jayson Bukuya has extended his stay at the Sharks in signing a new two-year contract with the Cronulla club.
The 27-year-old Bukuya will now remain in the Sutherland Shire until at least the end of the 2018 season, providing a major boost ahead of his teams’ finals run this year.
After six seasons at the Sharks Bukuya left to play for the Warriors in 2014, before returning in 2015, with the recent game against the Gold Coast Titans his 100th for the Club.
Born in Brisbane of Fijian heritage, Bukuya joined the Sharks as a teenager before quickly being elevated to the NRL squad, making his first grade debut off the bench in Round 11 against the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium back in 2008.
From that point Bukuya endured a horror run with injury, a foot syndesmosis problem, along with a broken fibula cutting short 2009, before surgery to both shoulders saw him miss the majority of the 2010 season.
In 2011 Bukuya made a return to the top grade, playing 11 matches before becoming a regular in the Sharks 17 from almost that point on.
A lucrative offer saw him move to the New Zealand Warriors in 2014, where he played 18 games, before the Sharks welcomed Bukuya home for the kick-off prior to the kick off to the 2015 season.
The signing of Bukuya continues the Sharks efforts in retaining their playing talent for 2017 and beyond.
Jayson Bukuya Fact File
Born: April 21, 1989, Brisbane, QLD
Club Debut: v Bulldogs, Round 11 2008, ANZ Stadium
First grade games: Sharks 102*, Warriors 18
Rep Honours: 10 Tests Fiji (2008-2015)