GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Alex Johnston of the Rabbitohs runs the ball during the round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Cronulla could be set to recruit Alex Johnston to fill the fullback role freed up by US bound Valentine Holmes.

Johnston, a known target of the Sharks, is under contract until the end of 2020 with the Rabbitohs, but Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan still believes there is a chance of obtaining him.

“He’s a quality player who had a big part to do with a lot of Souths tries and he’s played for his country,” Flanagan told Fairfax Media.

“There’s still interest there. That interest didn’t start with us, it was him, but it’s still on the cards.”

Flanagan maintained that while Johnston was an option, there were still numerous Sharks players that could be used similarly.

“We might have the problem solved within our club. We can put Matty Moylan back there, we have my young bloke [Kyle Flanagan] as a halves option, we have Josh Dugan back there, so it’s not panic stations,” he said.

Flanagan isn’t in a rush to decide due to the number of options available to him.

“We’ll take a deep breath, wait a week and then see what’s out there and make a call,” Flanagan said.

South Sydney have stated they are reluctant to let Johnston leave, but he has shown interest in a move to the Sharks.


  1. All those options are daylight between what Val brought to the table. Perhaps stumpy should have hung up his boots this year so the sharks had a bit more cap space.

  2. 1. Dugan
    2. Feki
    3. Morris
    4. Xerri
    5. Gray
    6. Moylan
    7. Townsend

    Oh boy how weak is this compared to 2016!!! Yes Sharks, you need to sign Johnston or at least another top tier back before 2020. Turn the porch lights back on!!!

    • Grays no chance mate Katoa will be wing ….
      The kid from 20s Kennedy goes well at fullback Dugan can’t do the workload and Townsend must be feeling pressure from flanno jnr …. can’t have Townsend and flanno together it’s two halfbacks no runner Moylan is better at 5/8

  3. If Souths don’t want him to go, he will have to wait until 2021. The story above states that : ”Cronulla COULD be set to recruit Alex Johnstone…”. emphasis on COULD.

    WE Could make up stories about any club that COULD do this and COULD do that. Or maybe the author of this story COULD get it right. Slow news day.

    • Beat me to it. I was just about to post the same thing, that this whole story hangs on one word “COULD”.

      What do you know? I DID post it after all. I don’t remember that. Woody! Did you just slip me one of Nurse Ratched’s little pills?

      • Beat me to it, I was just about ready to say Soufths SHOULD let him go, he was hopeless during this years semi finals🤥🐇👎

        • (Part 3)

          And AJ scored 71 tries in 83 games from the 4 years prior to 2018. He even finished 1st and 3rd leading try scorer on two occasions.

          There, snuck that in. Smuggled it aboard the “Banter Train”.

        • SAME post but not accepted in one post. I felt like I was in the movie “The Great Escape” having to tunnel to freedom!

        • Well Reg if your facts show that this Alex Johnstoned character is better than Tedeseco, Looks like the strapped for cash to buy bronco foals soufth Sydney rabbits will either have to pay him over 1 mil or let him walk💪👴👍🐓🐔🐓🐔🐓🐔😂🤣😂🤣

        • But if I was Soufths officialdomthen I would have a board meeting to have a raffle and raise some money to pay Cronulla to take him away very quickly centurian.🤥🧐🤫🤭👢❕

      • Woody you need help finding the facts I see just as you need help with so many other things Nurse Ratched tells me.

        I will need to make multiple posts though unfortunately as ZT comtinue to single me out and most of my posts disappear into the abyss.

        • For the first time since I’ve been on this site, which is a long time, my post on a Bulldogs story has gone missing. Tch tch.

        • I think ZT have grown too fond of my banter because that won’t let a solid on topic post full of facts to combat your fantasy Woody.

        • Well I guess we can forget about on topic discussion and debate and stoke the engines of the “Banter Train” chalky. Full steam ahead! 🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃

        • Btw chalky, re the missing posts from the Bulldogs story… clearly ZT aren’t fans of “ironside”. And “welcome to MY world”.

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence mikey that AJ will stay at Souths and emulate Merritt with 218 games and a club record 145 tries! I feel SO much better now.

  4. As a sharks fan no thanks … he’s a winger …..Holmes player all his jnr at full back …. surely flanno will give that young kid a crack from Newton ..,, he had most tries last year
    W Kennedy
    Flanno jnr
    J Brailey
    Bronson xerri

    • Looks good porter, but what about townsend? Reality wise Townsend will be half & flanno jnr may jag a bench spot as half/hooker interchange?

  5. As a manly supporter I still have my say on what the sharks team should look like in 2019,

    1 will Kennedy ( give him a crack )
    2 sosaia feki
    3 josh Morris
    4 josh Dugan
    5 sione katoa
    6 Matt Moylan
    7 chad Townsend
    8 Andrew Fifita
    9 Jayden brailey
    10 Matt prior
    11 jayson bukuya
    12 wade graham
    13 Paul Gallen
    14 Kurt capewell
    15 James segyaro
    16 Aaron woods
    17 braden uele

    • 1 Moylan
      2 Feki
      3 Morris
      4 Dugan
      5 Alex Johnston
      6 Townsend
      7 Flannagan

      The time is now for Flannagan to give his son the halfback job and like over in Pink Panther land were Cleary is being guided around by Maloney’s professional expertise then so to will Flannagan be guided around by Townsend.🤴👴✔

  6. Not sure whats happened to Arron Gray , at Souths we was awesome, easily better than any of those backs mentioned at Cronulla right now, going to Cronula clearly was a bad move , please come back to Souths Arron and let Cronulla make up the numbers next season.

    • Mate he started 3 games had shockers wouldn’t pass dropped balls missed tackles …. he didn’t play that well in nsw cup either ….don’t know why we signed him probably a panic sign like A Johnston would be …. sharks have so many coming thru yet won’t give them a run

      • Just like i said , going to Cronulla was a bad career move as would Alex Johnston, best to steer clear and allow Cronulla to bring up their juniors, clearly Flanagan is not that good a coach otherwise Cronulla would not be looking to get rid of him when his contract is finished.

      • Porter❗❗❗❗. The way Souths are trying to free up money to buy a premiership for papa smurf is frightening, then you will be carrying his bags back to Cronulla before I finish typing this post😂🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂🤣💩

        • “porter… you will be carrying his bags back to Cronulla”

          That’s worthy of an award Woody. 🥇

  7. Biggest sook out Gallen And who cares its only cronulla

    Has anyone noticed that all the sooks are frm cronulla Fifita Gallen Flannagan all outspoken terds and no one from the club says anything

  8. Reg Reagan
    November 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    Big news for Souths. Sutton signed for 2019 and… New coaches in Redfern and Red Hill after Friday.

    This was penso’s scoop!

    chalky will be relieved and I need several drinks 🍺🍺🍺🍺 to come to terms with this AND for beating the ridiculous filter of censorship that prevents me posting anything meaningful.

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