SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs leaves the field during the NRL Charity Shield match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sharks have Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook in their sights

Cronulla have earmarked Damien Cook as a potential long-term replacement for retiring hooker Michael Ennis.

The Sharks missed out out on the signature of unwanted Tigers veteran Robbie Farah, who will join South Sydney next season. The Rabbitohs will soon trumpet the acquisition after the Tigers agreed to foot about $750,000 of the contract money owed to Farah for next season. That move is likely to trigger a merry-go-round in the hooking ranks during the off season that will have ramifications for a number of players and clubs.

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Cameron McInnes, who has been in and out of first grade this season, is poised to be released by the Rabbitohs and is tipped to end up at St George Illawarra. The Dragons are expected to finally get their man after McInnes previously reneged on an agreement to join the Red V. Long-time Dragons hooker Mitch Rein is without a home after failing to come to terms on an extension and will need to dramatically drop his asking price to remain in the NRL.

Cronulla already have two promising dummy halves coming through their junior ranks and have signed Manaia Cherrington from Wests Tigers. However, they are short a top-liner to fit into an established spine already containing James Maloney, Chad Townsend and Ben Barba.

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