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Shellharbour Local Re-signs with NRL Club

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Lleyton Hughes

21 June 2024, 10:00 PM

Shellharbour Local Re-signs with NRL ClubBostock playing for the Stingrays of Shellharbour. Credit: @jackbostockk

On Wednesday 19 June, Stingrays of Shellharbour junior Jack Bostock re-signed with the Dolphins until the end of 2027.

Only 20 years old, Bostock says the new contract allows him to relax a little on and off the field.

“It’s a bit relieving. Just knowing where you’re going to be for the next couple of years. It just means you can relax and settle down off the field in terms of finding a house and stuff like that. And knowing who you're playing for and who you're playing with for the next few years is comforting on the field,” says Bostock.

After living in Shellharbour his whole life, Bostock moved up to Redcliffe in 2023 and says the transition was hard at first, but that he has now settled into a life away from friends and family.

“Moving up here at the start was pretty tough, I got homesick, but now I’ve really settled in and made a good group of friends,” says Bostock.

“Having good people around me makes the move easy and obviously playing good footy and winning games makes it easier as well.”

Bostock made his debut for the NRL club in 2023 and has cemented his position on the wing in 2024 with 11 tries in 13 games. 

Playing in the NRL has been a dream of his since he was a boy, and he says there are still a lot of moments where he can’t believe how far he’s come.

“There’s definitely a few pinch-yourself moments playing in the NRL, especially with some of the boys that I’m playing with like Jesse Bromwich. I watched them play as I was growing up and it's pretty surreal when you train with them and become mates with them,” says Bostock.

The Dolphins are currently in fourth position on the NRL ladder, which is very impressive considering it is only their second year in the competition, and Bostock attributes this to the culture of mateship that the club maintains.

“All the 35-36 players we have in our squad are really good mates with each other so when we go out there, we have that trust … You know they’re going to do their job and you know what each of them brings to the table,” says Bostock.

Although he dreams of one day playing in State of Origin, Bostock says he is mainly focused on playing good football and owning his jersey.

“One day I’d love to play State of Origin, that’s always been a dream of mine. But at the moment just playing consistent first grade, I don’t want to be in and out of reserve grade and first grade. I’d really love to cement a spot in the team and stay there,” says Bostock.