Put simply, an overhaul.
Cronulla just hung on to 8th spot in 2020. After an up and down season, the Sharks started to find some consistency with Shaun Johnson playing at his exciting best. Cruelly, his achilles injury late in the season derailed any serious threat to their finals hopes.
The squad looks as they need an injection of new players. Much hope was put into the addition of Moylan, Johnson and Woods over the past few seasons without the returns expected.
Fifita has been such a weapon for many seasons, but has struggled with knee injuries and has been a shell of his former self in recent times. For Cronulla and the NRL, let’s hope he can get back to full fitness.
Perhaps the biggest issue for the Sharks is the continued rumours about coach John Morris’ future. Rumours of former premiership winning Cowboys coach Paul Green has been touted as a potential replacement for Morris for the 2022 season, which might be unsettling for the current Sharks coach.
If Morris were to be replaced it would be seen by many on the outside to be harsh. Morris took over as coach when premiership winning coach Shane Flanagan was forced to stand down for breaching NRL protocols.
He inherited Flanagan’s squad and has lost more players of talent than have been replaced. Yet despite losing good talent he has been able to guide the Sharks to the finals in his two years as coach.
So what could Morris achieve with an overhaul to his current squad? He goes into 2021 knowing his best player, Shaun Johnson, will be hampered by his recovery from injury and may not return in time to have any real impact.
Although, all is not lost for the Sharks. The development of Ronaldo Mulitalo, Siosifa Talakai, Toby Rudolf, Connor Tracey, Blayke Brailey and Teig Wilton hold hope. If Morris and his squad can keep out the outside noise there is definitely enough talent to be competitive.
The Sharks should continue to make moves in the player market and bring in some new talent before the season begins. Fullback and five-eighth need to be covered if Moylan is to be moved on or have another injury plagued season.
I predict the Sharks will be competitive if they can keep Fifita, Wade Graham and Moylan fit and firing. If Cronulla start slowly and off-field dramas dominate the headlines, it may be a wasted year.