The Titans NRLW engine room has been refuelled for a further four seasons with two-time player of the year Shannon Mato inking a contract extension to remain on the Gold Coast until 2027.
The reigning Dally M Prop of the Year averaged 180 running metres per game in 2023 – the most of any forward in the competition – as well as topping the post-contact yardage tally with 210 more metres than any other player in the NRLW.
The 25-year-old extends her time fresh from the Jillaroos’ Test series triumph against the Kiwis, continuing her strong representative form after securing silverware with Australia at the most recent World Cup and with Queensland in the 2023 Origin series.
Coach Karyn Murphy is thrilled to have Mato re-commit to the Gold Coast long-term.
“Shannon is a hugely important member of our pack as one of the most powerful forwards in the NRLW competition and her numbers give a great snapshot of how lethal she was for us this year up front,” Murphy said.
“Well-deserving of back-to-back player of the year honours, she took her game to a whole new level again in 2023 with her metre-eating ability, especially after first contact; but most importantly, her aggression and intensity in defence is what has really impressed me.
“But whilst she might be ferocious on-field, she has such a bright, bubbly and caring personality off the field, which is hugely important for the make-up and balance of our squad.
“I’m really excited to have her locked in with us long-term and continue building our strong starting middle third partnership, which also includes Jess Elliston and Georgia Hale.”