Rest up and go again
After two long, tough days of training on Monday and Tuesday, the players were given some respite with a light session earlier this morning.

The playing group was in early today, working through stretching and individual extras before taking the remainder of the day off to rest up and recuperate.

In the hot summer sun the players were involved in field sessions on both Monday and Tuesday mornings, before heading for the HPU to do their strength work.

A full day is on the agenda tomorrow, with weights then an afternoon scrimmage, Friday is similar as the sessions flip with field before strength, with the training week ending with individual extras on Saturday morning.

The Sharks are pleased to report very few injuries amongst the NRL group, with most players in full training and all expected to at least play some part in either the Nines or the upcoming trial matches.

 

Nines announcement soon
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has whittled his Auckland Nines squad down to 25 and has until early next week to announce his travelling party for the special event which kicks off on January 31.

Flanagan will hold back the likes of Michael Gordon, Jeff Robson, Paul Gallen and Michael Ennis, however it came as somewhat of a surprise that Ben Barba is still in the mix to make the trip across the ditch later this month.

Barba is also likely to play a part in the All Stars game on February 13 but the temptation to unleash the exciting playmaker, in a format that would certainly suit his skills, may result in him playing in the Nines.

The Sharks will announce their Nines squad on this website when selected and finalised.

 

Gal’s kind act
The front page of today’s Daily Telegraph told of the kind act performed by skipper Paul Gallen in coming to the aid of injured pensioner Norm Walton on Monday evening.

When Norm fell heavily on an escalator at Miranda Westfield, Gallen came to his assistance with another man and a female nurse, with their swift action ensuring the his situation was made as comfortable as possible.

Paul visited Norm in Sutherland hospital on Tuesday evening where he was recovering well and in good spirits, expressing his thanks to Gal for his help on the night.

He may have even converted 87-year-old Norm from a Bulldog into a Sharks fan as the two shared a joke or two last night.

If you missed the Telegraph article from today, CLICK HERE to read more.

 

Surprised Ennis is a Shark
Still on Paul Gallen and in an interview with Daniel Lane of the Sydney Morning Herald the Sharks captain expressed his surprise that the Bulldogs had let experienced hooker Michael Ennis slip through their grasp.

Gallen was glowing in his praise of Ennis, his leadership and his work ethic at training, believing the former Bulldog’s presence will be a major asset to not only the Sharks but to his own game in 2015.

See today’s SMH article and what Gallen had to say regarding Ennis.

CLICK HERE to read – Gallen on Ennis

 

Renewal period drawing to a close
The 2015 membership renewal period is now drawing to a close, with the January 22 deadline fast approaching.

If you want to retain you seats for the upcoming season you can renew online by going to the membership link – CLICK HERE - or by calling the Sharks membership team on 1-300-SHARKS.

New seated memberships, along with 2015 memberships in all categories are also now available.

Seat allocation for new seated members in 2015 will commence immediately following the end of the renewal period.