NRL 2020: Bryson Goodwin to extend stay at Cronulla
In-form Cronulla veteran back Bryson Goodwin is in line for a contract extension after joining the club mid-season from South Sydney.
Goodwin, who has scored three tries in three games, only has to play around 10 games this season to activate a new deal for 2021.
The former New Zealand international has been a bargain buy for the Sharks after the club lost Josh Morris to the Roosters and Bronson Xerri to a failed ASADA drug test.
Sharks coach John Morris believes Goodwin’s 13 years of NRL experience across four teams has been invaluable during the club’s three-game winning streak.
“Bryson has been the perfect fit for us,” Morris said about 34-year-old Goodwin, who has played a combined 241 games in the NRL and English Super League.
“After losing Josh Morris with his experience and ability to play right centre and left wing, Bryson can also play in both positions equally as well.
“He has scored a try for us in each of his games and he has brought some wonderful experience.
“Bryson also has a really good temperament to him. He can mix with the younger kids, but he also has some great leadership skills.
“He has been a valuable addition for us, and I’ve really enjoyed his company so far.”media_camera
Cronulla will look to maintain their form despite losing fullback Matt Moylan to a hamstring injury for four weeks.
A rejuvenated Josh Dugan will replace Moylan in the No.1 jumper, and coach Morris is confident the former Test and Origin star will fire.
“Any suggestion that Duges’ body isn’t up to it has been erased,” he said.
“Last weekend was his sixth back-to-back game, which is the most since 2016 in the same position.
“I was only talking to the team the other day about Duges turning back the clock.
“If you watch him closely, he is very good in all the effort areas.
“He is chasing out from marker and chasing back from kicks, which shows that he is someone that is really tuned in to his performance and the team.”
Cronulla have recaptured their finest form in recent weeks, but Morris knows his side can’t be complacent coming up against the second-placed Panthers on Saturday night.
“Our big test comes against a genuine top- four team in Penrith, so it is shaping as a big battle for us,” he said.
“Penrith is one of the form teams in the competition. They are playing some real good footy.
“They have got the best completion rate in the competition, but they also have some attacking weapons in their side.
“But what has really impressed me about Penrith is that they have really tightened up defensively.
“They are giving up under 14 points a game, so we have to be really on to win.”
Originally published as Goodwin in line for new Sharks deal
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