Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake on March 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

The Sharks announce the signing of hooker/lock Matt McIlwrick for the 2016 season.

McIlwrick, who filled the hooking role for eight NRL games at the Roosters in 2015, will bolster the Sharks depth for the season ahead as he pushes for a place in the top squad.

A hooker equally comfortable at lock, McIlwrick possesses good speed and has a high work rate, with his new contract at the Sharks for one year with a one year option.

Coach Shane Flanagan was pleased to welcome McIlwrick to the Sharks and was looking forward to him competing with the likes of Michael Ennis and Fa’amanu Brown for a spot in the team and for game time in his NRL side.

“We need three hookers in our NRL squad,” Flanagan said. “I needed that insurance in case there is an injury. Matt came from the Roosters, played 7-8 games last year and he’s come from a really good system.

“He’s very professional and adds quality depth at our 9 position, and he can play 13 as well. He’s coming here to challenge the other two, so it will be a really good mix for us.”


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