Waratahs forward Hugh Sinclair has re-signed with the club for the 2022 season.
Sinclair was elevated to club captain in 2021, stepping up as a key leader for a forward pack void of experience.
Having made his name in the Shute Shield, Sinclair was picked up by his home club in 2018 after a stint with the Rebels, joining as a short-term injury cover.
After a tough season, the 28-year-old was eager to turn around their fortunes and help lead their 'reset'.
“I love playing for the Waratahs, it’s a team I have always supported growing up, and to be named Club Captain this season was a real privilege,” Sinclair said.
“I’m thankful that the organisation has faith in me and wants to keep me here for a further season and I want to return the favour, and help the Waratahs improve in 2022.
“I felt like I couldn’t leave on a note like we did this season, it’s been a tough year for everyone, but I think we’re set for some big changes and good results in 2022.
“We’ve got a young group that will only be better for their experiences this season, and with the addition of Darren Coleman as Head Coach and a couple of veterans returning, the side is pretty well placed for next season.”
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This was shared by assistant coach Jason Gilmore, who believes he will be a major asset both on and off the field.
“Hugh is a tough and uncompromising player that puts his body on the line for the good of the team on a week-to-week basis,” Gilmore added.
“He’s an integral part of our leadership group and drives standards and expectations both on and off the field. His experience and leadership have been key in helping keep our squad together during a tough year.
“I’m really pleased he’s staying on for another year he’s going to be a real asset to the side in our 2022 campaign.”