Claiming that he “owed” something to the Sharks, Ross will return to the Shire club, following a stint at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, on a two-year deal to be announced this week.
It was in 2009 that Ross last played for Cronulla, his career brought to a frightening halt when he suffered a serious neck injury.
However, a lifeline from South Sydney this season saw Ross complete one of rugby league’s great comebacks.
The 31-year-old played in every match this year and was a mainstay in the Rabbitohs’ front row, averaging over 100m per game.
The former Maroons prop, who has signed an incentive-based contract with Cronulla, was targeted by the Sharks as they look to replenish their forwards stocks following the departure of starting props Luke Douglas and Kade Snowden.
Coach Shane Flanagan, meanwhile, remains determined to sign a marquee outside back.