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Heighington keen on one more NRL season

NZN 24/09/2016 James MacSmith

Cronulla back-rower Chris Heighington is hoping to add to his grand final week by re-signing with the NRL club.

Heighington has been a crucial part of the Sharks side that will play in Cronulla's first grand final in a united competition since 1978, on Sunday week.

The 34-year-old is keen on one more year in the Shire before retirement and hopes to get that sorted out this week.

"Hopefully the grand final won't be the last game I play for this club," Heighington told AAP.

"I am giving them an option to sign me and hopefully that will happen during the week.

"I would love one more year here, we will just have to wait and see what happens.

"If not, I have had a great run, I have had a great time here and have some great memories."

A 2005 premiership winner with Wests Tigers, Heighington is one of several Sharks players who boast grand final experience.

"It is going to be a great week and we just have to embrace everything that comes with it," he said.

"Just because you have won one before doesn't mean you don't want to win another one just as bad.

"And it would be such a great thing for (retiring Sharks hooker) Mick (Ennis) and Gal (Sharks skipper Paul Gallen)."

"But there is still a lot of hard work to be done before we get to next Sunday."

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