The NSW Waratahs have re-signed Hugh Sinclair for a further season keeping the versatile forward in Sky-Blue for the 2022 Super Rugby season.
Sinclair, named Waratahs Club Captain at the start of the season, was a key member of the side providing invaluable experience to the younger players in 2021.
The proud Shoreman has notched over 100 caps for North Suburbs in the Shute Shield and played an integral part of their drought-breaking Premiership in 2016.
Off the back of his performances in the Shute Shield and NRC, Sinclair earned a contract with the Rebels and would go on to make his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne side in 2017 playing eight games.
Sinclair returned home to NSW and earned an injury cover contract with the Waratahs, making his debut for the side in 2019 against the Bulls in Pretoria.
After some impressive performances the short-term deal turned into a two-year deal and now with this year’s extension, Sinclair will stay with the side until at least the end of the 2022 season.
Sinclair was thrilled to be able to continue to play for his home state and was desperate to help make amends for a disappointing season in 2021.
“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.”
Waratahs Assistant coach Jason Gilmore was happy to have the experienced forward return to the side for their 2022 campaign.
“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 said.
“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.”