The Cronulla Sharks have re-signed captain Paul Gallen for the 2018 season.
Gallen put pen to paper on the new one year deal on Friday however not wanting to take the limelight away from teammate Luke Lewis's 300th game, requested the official announcement be delayed until after the match against Souths.
Himself approaching the 300-game milestone, Gallen was pleased with his form in 2017 and had no hesitation in pushing his NRL career into an 18th season.
"I'm very happy to sign for another year," Gallen told Sharks TV. "If I was a betting man you would probably say its my last contract, but you never say never and I'm enjoying my football at the moment.
"I haven't had any issues with the body this year, I think retiring my rep footy has been a plus for my body, but also for my mind."