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In continuing to bolster their playing roster in locking down their young talent for next year and into the future, the Sharks announce the re-signing of south coast born backrower Teig Wilton.

The 23-year-old from Narooma has extended his time at the Sharks in signing a new two-year contract, one that will see Wilton remain in the Shire until at least the end of the 2025 season.

He now joins the likes of Nicho Hynes, Will Kennedy, Jesse Ramien, Royce Hunt, Siosifa Talakai, Sione Katoa, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Briton Nikora in recently re-committing their playing futures to the Sharks, with Wilton first and foremost looking forward to the local derby clash with the Dragons this Thursday night, but also to what shapes as a promising future in Cronulla colours.

“I’m obviously stoked to be sticking around with the boys. It’s a good feeling at the moment, I love the boys and love the club,” Wilton said.

“We’re moving in the right direction, a lot of the boys have been together for a while now and the feel was when we were coming off contract we wanted to stay together.”

Craig Fitzgibbon was thrilled to have re-signed another of his talented young players, with the Sharks coach confident Wilton’s development will continue through the 2023 season and into the future.

“We are really excited to have Teig sticking with the Sharks,” Fitzgibbon said. “He’s been consistently improving, and we feel his contribution to our culture and footy team will continue to improve even further.  It’s great news for the Sharks.”

In his fourth season in the NRL after debuting in round 11 of the 2020 season, Wilton was member of the NSW Under 18’s before twice representing the Blues in the under 20’s, captaining a team in 2019 which included NRL and senior Origin stars Stephen Crichton, Matt Burton and Stefano Utoikamanu.

Having now played 59 NRL games, Wilton was primarily used off the bench in learning his trade, however he has started all 14 games for the Sharks in 2023 after playing 24 top grade games in 2022.

“I’m really liking my role at the moment, I’m settling into playing 80 minutes, I’m definitely learning and I think I’m getting better along the way as a footy player,” Wilton said.

While this season Wilton forms part of a potent attacking left side for the Sharks, playing alongside five eighth Matt Moylan, centre Siosifa Talakai and winger Ronaldo Mulitalo.

“Consistently playing together you know how each other play, so it can only do us good,” Wilton added.

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