Ross takes on a new off-field role

Twice a nominee for the Ken Stephen Medal and last year a member of the NRLs All Academic Team, Ben Ross was always one to keep occupied away from his training and playing commitments with the Sharks.


Community appearances, sponsor meet and greets, assisting at junior league clubs around the Sutherland Shire, Ross embraced any off-field activities with his two Ken Stephen nominations testimony to his efforts in the community.


Which means upon his retirement from the playing in the NRL, which took place at the end of the 2013 season, it came as no surprise that the Sharks would find reason to offer him a role at the club away from the field in 2014.


Ross jumped at the opportunity and last weekend started in his role as Sponsorship and Community Ambassador at the Sharks. Understandably, he is thrilled to have the chance to stay close to the game he loves.


Im excited to be getting involved with the Sharks in this new role and Im really pleased to be able to stay on and contribute in another way to what is a great club, Ross said. For me it will also be a great opportunity to get out and see how the business works from the other side of the fence.


In announcing Ross's appointment, Sharks CEO Steve Noyce detailed the new role and explained why the club believed they had the right man for the job.


Ben will become a junior league ambassador with us, becoming our representative and our link to the local junior clubs, he will work in with our community department, with Steve McGee and his commercial team and with academy, junior reps and our under 20s, Noyce said. Its a wide ranging role and he is excited about staying around the game and in continuing to make a significant contribution to our club.


Already, with the 2014 pre-season just barely underway, Ross has a full book of commitments to more than keep him busy in the weeks ahead.


Visits to the St Catherines Gymea School Fete and the Cronulla Caringbah Junior League presentation night kicked things off last weekend, with a pre-Christmas appearance by Ross and a number of Sharks NRL squad members already penciled in for the the Sutherland and Sydney Children's Hospitals, as well as the Sylvanvale Centre in the coming weeks.


Ross comes on board as an ambassador at the Sharks at a time where the club continues to make a concerted effort to further contribute to community initiatives and causes, with one of rugby league's good guys set to make a significant impact in the weeks and months ahead.