Mortimer's First Grade ambition

Speaking with Sharks TV after yesterday’s recovery session at North Cronulla Surf Club, new recruit Daniel Mortimer says he is quickly settling into the tight Sharks outfit.

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“We’re all feeling good, we’ve all got a lot of work done. Everyone’s looking really strong and fit,” said Mortimer. 

“You hear a lot about the Shire and how it’s a bit ‘clicque-y’, but once you’re here, it’s awesome. The boys are very tight-knit and you can see that from the way they were playing last year.”

Mortimer said he is looking forward to hitting the field with former team mates James Maloney, Jeremy Latimore and Tony Williams.

Despite a strong start to the season, the 27-year-old spent most of the year recovering from injury. 

“I started the year really well,” he said.

“It was a bit frustrating with the injury that kept me out most of the season, but it has made me hungrier than ever and I really look forward to doing my part for the team If I can.”

After struggling to lock-down regular first grade minutes in his time at both the Titans and Roosters, Mortimer says his focus for 2017 is to play as much NRL as possible.

“I’d like to keep my skills up in both the halves and hooker department and just try to play a role wherever I can. I’d love to push for a first grade spot, and to try and hold that,” said Mortimer.

Following what has been a gruelling pre-season, Mortimer is looking forward to spending the festive season in his home town of Orange in the state’s Central West, enjoying time with his dearest at his family’s winery.

Watch the full interview playing now on Sharks TV.