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Cronulla handed “$600k gift” from Chad Townsend to chase rival stars

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The Sharks are now on the hunt for a halfback after premiership-winning number seven Chad Townsend committed his future to the North Queensland Cowboys.

Cronulla was reportedly surprised that Townsend didn’t take up a one-year option in his favour for 2022, but The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio feels his departure allows the club to chase a star playmaker.

Townsend’s exit frees up $600,000 in salary cap space which Riccio believes will now be used to target Souths star Adam Reynolds or Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses.

“The Chad Townsend situation at Cronulla has caught the Sharks’ management somewhat by surprise,” Riccio said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“Townsend wasn’t off-contract this year, he had a player…



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