In a boost to their chances tomorrow the Sharks are hopeful Todd Carney will be on deck for the match against the Wests Tigers after the star five eighth trained strongly with the team at their final session on Friday.
Sidelined with a hamstring strain suffered in the early minutes of the round eight match with the Panthers, Carney has since responded well to treatment, with coach Peter Sharp optimistic his star pivot will be good to go on Saturday.
“We won’t take any risks with him if he isn’t right, however he trained well today and we’ll see how he pulls up in the morning,” Sharp said. “We’re positive about his chances of being right to play.”
Carney will slot back into halves and partner the reliable Jeff Robson, with Luke Lewis shifting to his preferred position in the forwards.
Lewis made his return last week against the Eels following off-season shoulder surgery in what was his first game for 2014 and should be better for the run this time around.
In other team changes Jonathan Wright comes in for Blake Ayshford in the Sharks backline, with Sharp to make decisions on the final make up of his interchange bench in the morning.
The Sharks selected a 20-man squad on Tuesday, with three players named set to drop out before kickoff at 5.30pm tomorrow afternoon.
It goes without saying the Sharks go into the contest desperate for a win in a bid to begin their climb off the bottom of the NRL ladder.
The young Tigers outfit on the other hand has enjoyed a solid start to the 2014 season and will be looking for a victory to consolidate their place inside the top eight.
The match will see the return of Tigers and NSW hooker Robbie Farrah after he missed his teams previous two games with an elbow injury.
The Sharks v Tigers NRL game will be the last of three games between the two clubs at Remondis Stadium on Saturday, with the NYC match to begin at 1.10pm, followed by the NSW Cup at 3.15pm.
Gates to Remondis Stadium open at 1.00pm, while in celebrating Women in League round, $1 from every ground admission ticket sold will be donated to the McGrath Foundation.