SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Matthew Moylan of the Sharks runs the ball during the round two NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Southern Cross Group Stadium on March 15, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Matt Moylan has been ruled out by the Sharks for the game against the Eels on Saturday night after a leg injury suffered earlier in the week failed to heal.

Trent Hodkinson will come into the side to replace Moylan, despite not being named in the club’s 21-man squad on Tuesday.

The club has been given an exemption by NRL head of football Brian Canavan to bring Hodkinson into the side, with┬áCanavan comfortable that “a rigorous process was applied in ensuring the right outcome was reached”.

The Sharks were allowed to make the late inclusion because Moylan was not carrying a pre-existing injury and they had no players in their original squad who could be used to fill in his position in the halves.

In other news, Luke Lewis is unlikely to play but captain Paul Gallen trained today and looks set to take his place in the team despite reports he would not play.

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