DALE Finucane’s future at the Canterbury Bulldogs is secure.
Finucane, 21, has re-signed with the NRL club until the end of the 2016 season.
The former Bega Rooster was rewarded for his good form on the rugby league field.
Finucane was tied to the Bulldogs until 2014, but was given a two-year contract extension.
On Wednesday, Finucane told the BDN he had never thought of leaving the Bulldogs.
Finucane said key factors for re-signing were the club’s culture and playing roster.
“It’s very exciting, it’s good that the club has shown faith in me to renew my contract,” he said.
“I really do enjoy the club.”
Finucane has played every game so far in 2013, even starting for the Bulldogs during their 28-16 win over Canberra last week.
When asked about his form, Finucane said he had been “okay”.
“But I’d like to improve on a lot of areas.”
Canterbury has also re-signed house-mate and fellow forward Josh Jackson until the end of 2016.
It was a fitting moment, with Finucane and Jackson, 22, playing through the ranks at the club since 2009.
Finucane said the pair had become good friends over the past four years.
“We’ve been living together since the end of 2009,” he said.
“It’s good to have the same schedule and agendas, so we can talk about footy-related things.”
On the Bulldogs website, CEO Raelene Castle said she was happy that Finucane and Jackson could continue at the club.
Castle said Finucane and Jackson were “great young men who have made significant contributions, both on and off the field”.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler said the pair had been “consistent performers since making their debut”.
Finucane has now played 35 successive games for Canterbury since making his debut in round 13 last year.
He recently broke through for his first try in the top grade during the side’s 40-12 win over Parramatta (BDN, 30/7).
Finucane powered over a couple of Eels defenders, including Fui Fui Moi Moi.
He said it was very exciting to score, but joked his celebrations were “over the top”.
Finucane has been named at lock for Canterbury’s crucial clash with South Sydney tomorrow night (see story page 49).