No stranger to the tough slog that is an NRL training regime over the Summer months, Sharks forward Sam Tagataese remains upbeat in the midst of another gruelling pre-season in the Shire.

After a recovery session at North Cronulla Surf Club, Sharks TV caught up with the powerhouse forward to discuss the Club’s 2016 Premiership win.

“Getting that premiership in early October, that’s definitely the highlight of my career,” said Tagataese.

Tagataese overcame a shoulder injury in time to play for the Sharks in this year’s Grand Final. The veteran expressed his sincere gratitude for the support shown by Sharks fans in the lead up to, and throughout, his recovery.

“I’m so grateful that I got the opportunity to play, even for just a few short minutes. We play this game for a reason, many players have never experienced the opportunity to play and to win,” he said.

According to Tagataese, this year’s premiership win has made the typical graft and grind of the pre-season that little bit more enjoyable.

“It’s good coming in, that you’ve won a premiership. It does make pre-season just a tiny bit more easy going, but it is tough. We’re back in the grind now,” he said.

The 2017 season will mark Tagataese’s seventh year in the black, white and blue of Cronulla, and a year in which he is confident the side will show its ability to defend the Premiership title.

“Obviously after the break, we’ll spend a lot more time doing team activities. And there are some new guys who have come in. I reckon they will do well.”

Watch the full interview on Sharks TV