Chris Lawrence re-signs with Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers have re-signed veteran Chris Lawrence until the end of the 2020 NRL season, making him the longest-serving one-club player in their history.

CHRIS LAWRENCE of the Tigers is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.
CHRIS LAWRENCE of the Tigers is tackled during the NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence has finally re-signed with the club on a one-year deal, taking him to a remarkable 15 consecutive seasons at Concord.

The deal will make Lawrence the longest-serving one-club player in Tigers history, surpassing the recently-retired Robbie Farah by one season.

"This club has always been where I have called home and I'm really excited to be able to continue playing in the colours that I love," Lawrence said.

"Under Michael Maguire, Wests Tigers is definitely going in the right direction so I'm looking forward to being a part of that and help bring the success this club deserves."

The extension ends a drawn-out negotiation period between the two parties, raising the possibility of whether Lawrence would be forced into retirement.

Lawrence is only 31 years of age but has a long injury history.

However Maguire insisted the former Kangaroos representative still had plenty to offer their squad as a senior player next season.

"He has been a wonderful player for this club for a long time but continues to grow in his game and role on the field -- which is most pleasing to see," he said.

"Chris is a really key part of what we're building here as one of the senior players in the side, and I have no doubt that he will continue to show that on and off the field in the year ahead."

The club's focus is now likely to turn to disgruntled second-rower Ryan Matterson, who has been heavily linked with a release just one year into a three-year deal.

The Tigers have also released Esan Marsters early, with the centre recently switching to North Queensland.


AAP