The Cronulla Sharks have came close to glory but in recent years they have fallen short.
The Sharks have not won a title since the late 1970’s with their pre-season AMCO Cup success but it seems they are getting closer and closer to claiming the Provan-Summons trophy.
Since the infamous drug scandal which ASADA brought ahead, it has put a dark cloud over the team and the administration. Through this time, Todd Carney was sacked from the club because of the ‘bubbler incident’ at a bar in Cronulla.
Shane Flanagan was suspended with other administrators and trainers. Flanagan returned and came back strong showing that he is determined and passionate that Cronulla will eventually claim glory. The Sharks welcomed a new CEO Lyall Gorman and with a year at the job under his belt already, it is certainly looking that Cronulla, off the field and on the field will triumph.
In 2015, the Sharks redeemed themselves from recent seasons with their recruitment and through their tough ‘never die attitude’. The players they signed were Jack Bird from St George Illawarra and became the 2015 Rookie of the Year, and former Canterbury Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis. Throughout the season Cronulla beat the Roosters on all occasions and made the semi-finals destroying the former Premiers South Sydney 30-0. The Sharks then headed to Townsville and took on the now Premiers North Queensland Cowboys but lacked spark and failed to win ending their season.
The Sharks lost players which included their prime goal kicker Michael Gordon who has signed with the Parramatta Eels and long term servant Jeff Robson.
This year the Sharks will retain the services of Bird, Ennis, Ben Barba, Valentine Holmes, Gerard Beale and their captain Paul Gallen.
The best signings that will don the Sharks jersey in 2016 are as follows:
James Maloney – Sydney Roosters – Creativity and Goal kicking ability.
Jesse Sene Lafao – Manly Sea Eagles – Workhorse and Tough defender.
Kurt Capewell – Ipswich Jets – Watch him and you will see how good he is.
In round one the Sharks will have a tough assignment. They will take on the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.
Recruitment of James Maloney is the key to the Sharks bid at a maiden premiership along with their loyal CSSC army and never say die attitude.
They Sharks are expected to entertain and give the top eight a shake up once again. – Jesse Mullens