Ben Ross is set to add another emotional chapter to his amazing comeback story by returning to the Cronulla Sharks – the club where his career almost came to a sorry end.
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.
Ross completes the Sharks’ recruitment in the forwards, which also includes Wests Tigers duo Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita, Newcastle’s Isaac de Gois and St George Illawarra’s Jon Green.
Coach Shane Flanagan, meanwhile, remains determined to sign a marquee outside back.