Clarke extends Chiefs contract

Last updated 12:09 28/05/2012

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The table-topping Chiefs continue to make ground off the field as well as on it, announcing a new contract for co-captain Craig Clarke.

The 28-year-old Taranaki lock has signed a deal to extend his contract through to the end of next year.

Clarke is in his fourth year with the Chiefs and, not surprisingly, reckons there's no reason to contemplate leaving.

"I am having too much fun to go anywhere," Clarke said.

"This is a great environment to work and play in, and one that I am thoroughly enjoying - so why move?"

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was delighted to nail down Clarke's signature for another season.

"Craig is incredibly hard working with great values, so his re-signing is good news for us and the fans," Rennie said.

"Craig's professionalism, leadership and commitment, continue to make him a great asset to the Chiefs family."

While All Blacks honours have escaped Clarke, he has a wealth of experience. He is a former Hurricane, Crusader, 2002 New Zealand under 19 and 2004 under-21 player.

He is the captain of Taranaki and picked up the Ranfurly Shield with his ITM Cup side last year.

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