Sharks forward Chris Heighington said last month that if he couldn’t find an NRL club for next year, he’d probably retire. We hope he hasn’t made plans for shuffleboard just yet.
According to AAP, Heighington has revealed that talks have begun with the Sharks about bringing him back in 2018.
“We’re talking to the club at the moment, I’m pretty keen to play on,” Heighington said. “While I’m playing alright and doing my bit for the team, I still want to play.”
With the Sharks already having re-signed Luke Lewis, and in negotiations with Paul Gallen for an extension; the 2018 Sharks will have shades of the Knights’ 2013 “Oldcastle” team about them next year (and it’s worth remembering, that particular Knights team made it all the way to the preliminary final).
It’d be hard to be critical of any of the re-signings – all three aging stars are in close to career-best form this year. If they carry that into 2018, the Sharks will be in good shape for yet another deep run into September.
Heighington has played 310 matches for the Sharks and Tigers, and 4 Tests for England.