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Jack Bird rejects St George Illawarra Dragons to re-sign with Cronulla Sharks

Cronulla have scored a victory over traditional rivals St George Illawarra by re-signing rookie of the year Jack Bird.

The 20-year-old five-eighth was a standout for the Sharks in 2015 after switching from the Dragons, who have recently been trying to lure him back to the joint venture club.

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Bird, who represented City Origin last season, agreed to a 12-month extension into 2017, announced on the club's website.

"I always knew I was going to sign here, I just didn't know when," Bird said. "I'm pretty excited about the year ahead and happy to announce I'll be in the black, white and blue for the next two years."

Thumbs up: Sharks young gun Jack Bird.
Thumbs up: Sharks young gun Jack Bird. Photo:

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was relieved to have his young gun's future sorted.

"The members and fans might wonder why it all took so long, but I was always confident he was going to stay. It was just drawn out due to the details of the contract," Flanagan said. "He has a long career ahead of him and it started here so we look forward to having him around for a few more years.


"Young players like Val Holmes, Ricky Leutele and Sosaia Feki are the future of our club and its great Jack will also be a part of it."

Bird scored eight tries in his 23 games at five-eighth but may be playing a new position in 2016. 

Staying a Shark: Jack Bird.
Staying a Shark: Jack Bird. Photo: Renee McKay

"There is a lot of competition for spots in the team, which is a great position for us to be in and Jack understands that. He'll be in the team somewhere and training and trials before the start of the season will determine where that is," Flanagan said.   

Bird was not making a fuss about which jersey he would wear this season.

"I'm not demanding a position at all. I'll just be happy to be in the team and to play where Flanno needs me to play," Bird said.