With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.

Today, we take a look at the 2016 premiers, the Cronulla Sharks – and what their best 17 looks like.

Cronulla Sharks 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Josh Dugan (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2021), Jackson Ferris (2020), Aaron Gray (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2019), Braden Hamlin-Uele (North Queensland Cowboys, 2019), Trent Hodkinson (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Sione Katoa (2020), Matt Moylan (Penrith Panthers, 2021), James Roumanos (2021), Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers, 2019), Scott Sorensen (Canberra Raiders, 2019), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers, 2021), Bronson Xerri (2021)
2018 Losses
Gerard Beale (New Zealand Warriors), Jack Bird (Brisbane Broncos), Fa'amanu Brown (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Manaia Cherrington (New Zealand Warriors), Adam Clydsdale (retired), Jordan Drew (released), Chris Heighington (Newcastle Knights), Jeremy Latimore (St George Illawarra Dragons), James Maloney (Penrith Panthers), Daniel Mortimer (Leigh Centurions), Sam Tagataese (Brisbane Broncos), Jayden Walker (Penrith Panthers), Tony Williams (Parramatta Eels)
Kurt Capewell (2019), Kurt Dillon (2020), Sosaia Feki (2019), Andrew Fifita (2022), Paul Gallen (2019), Wade Graham (2022), Valentine Holmes (2018), Luke Lewis (2018), Billy Magoulias (2019), Joseph Paulo (2021), Matt Prior (2020), Chad Townsend (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Blayke Brailey, Kurt Capewell, Sosaia Feki, Aaron Gray, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Billy Magoulias, Briton Nikora, Ava Seumanufagai, Scott Sorensen, Cruz Topai-Aveai
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2018 Predicted Lineup

  1. Josh Dugan
  2. Sosaia Feki
  3. Ricky Leutele
  4. Aaron Gray
  5. Valentine Holmes
  6. Matt Moylan
  7. Chad Townsend
  8. Andrew Fifita
  9. Jayden Brailey
  10. Matt Prior
  11. Luke Lewis
  12. Wade Graham
  13. Paul Gallen ©
  14. James Segeyaro
  15. Ava Seumanufagai
  16. Jayson Bukuya
  17. Braden Uele

Coach: Shane Flanagan

Reserves: Kurt Capewell, Joseph Paulo, Edrick Lee, Blayke Bailey.

The Big Question: Does the world’s best winger, Valentine Holmes, remain at fullback for season 2018?

Predicted Finish: 6th


  1. IN: Duga, Moylan, Gray
    Out: Maloney, Bird

    In my book those losses are big and outweigh the Sharks gains.

    Offloading Beale and She-Rex though was a good move so over all it is a tough call. Personally I think Maloney is a poor(and unreliable substitute for Maloney.

    • Dugan is an upgrade on butter fingers Bird who averaged more errors per game (1.6) than any other player in the NRL last year, that’s why Dugan was playing for Australia while Bird was on holidays. The Maloney swap could go wither way, 2016 Maloney Panthers have the better deal, 2017 Maloney the Sharks have the better deal. Overall the Sharks have got rid of the most error prone player in the comp (Bird) and the player who misses the most tackles and gives away the most penalties in the comp (Maloney).

  2. Dugan to fullback looks to be the right move first up. No passing game and best suited to kick returns and hole running. Holmes is one of the best finishers in the game and should stay on the wing. Whilst good at fullback at times in 2017 he didn’t have near the strike of Barba which was sorely missed . Dugan should correct those stats. The possible combinations look deadly with Wade Graham working with those backs. If Moylan has his game head on all season then there’s plenty of points in that side and as rightly pointed out, quite a few less errors which was the sharkies anchor of 2017. The sharks have a lot of depth and positional versatility in any chosen 17 and will be a big top 4 chance for mine.

    • If Dugan gets the fullback gig, Holmes must feel a bit stitched up. But having said that the sharks will be a better side with Holmes on the wing and JD at FB. I just hope it doesn’t have an effect on team morale.

    • the problem is that if Dugan gets the spot then Holmes will more likely leave to a club that will give him that role.

    • Flanno has promised Holmes he will be fullback in Round 1. It’s up to him to keep it, if he plays well then he keeps it, if he and the team aren’t performing then he’ll lose it which is fair enough. Holmes prefers fullback but has a good attitude and will play wherever the team needs him .He’s only 22 and played one year at fullback so he’ll get a lot better, especially after spending the world cup learning from Slater.

      • IMO Dugan’s days at FB are behind him. His best position now is centre and Holmes is the best choice at FB as far as I can see.

        Also you would have to say that a centre pairing of Leutele and Gray is far from the best in the game and is a real weakness that should be exploited for mine (and Gray is injury prone as well).

    • Cowboys, Storm, Roosters, Eels,, Broncos, Panthers and even a Rabbitohs side firing on all cylinders will provide tough competition for the Sharks to make the top 4. Even the Sea Eagles may finish ahead of the Sharks in 2018. I don’t think that the top 4 is a 4 horse race this year IMO.

  3. Plenty of choices at the back for the Sharks, but there there season will be determined on the Moylan/Townsend combination in the halves.

  4. i can u right now that holmes is playing fullback for a while unless he is playing poorly, flanagan promised it to holmes and dugan has been training in the centres in preseason. PLUS lets not forget that holmes played fullback for Australia the game they rested billy slater and dugan was at centre, and apparently billy has given holmes heaps of tips when in the world cup camp.

    • Marldon coincidentally checked out around the same time Bourbon Beck actually checked out…… Also coincidentally just after the sharks won the premiership…….. Miss him/her heaps though…………..

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