Your 2018 Sharks squad

With the pre-season well and truly underway, the battle begins for positions in the NRL 17-man squad, with competition for spots set to go to new levels in 2018.

There are a bunch of new recruits, while the old stagers Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis and Matt Prior (with apologies to Matt!!) are putting in the hard yards, alongside the young guns who are learning all about what it takes to play at the highest level.

The depth of talent is impressive, with the Sharks coaching and training staff encouraged by what they have seen so far.  

And that’s without the appearance of World Cup stars such as Valentine Holmes, Wade Graham, Josh Dugan, Andrew Fifita, Ricky Leutele, Joseph Paulo and James Segeyaro, all who are set to return are recharging their batteries and taking a well-earned break.

Some of the World Cuppers will be back before Christmas, others just following the break, with all hands soon to be on deck in those crucial weeks leading into the new season.

Below is a list of those training with the fulltime NRL squad, their positions, time of Sharks debut and where they have come from to arrive at the Cronulla club ahead of the 2018 season.

 

It won’t be long now, with less than 100 days to go until the 2018 season kicks off!

The 2018 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Squad (alphabetical order by surname)

 

Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga – Centre/wing - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Blayke Brailey – Hooker – Local junior, brother of Jayden. Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad. Still eligible for the Jersey Flegg under 20’s

Jayden Brailey – Hooker – Local junior, debuted for the Sharks in Round 1, 2017.

Jayson Bukuya – Backrower - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 11, 2008

Kurt Capewell – Backrow/centre - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 18, 2016

Josh Carr – Backrow/prop - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad. Still eligible for Jersey Flegg under 20’s in 2018.

Kurt Dillon – Prop - Local junior yet to make his NRL debut

Josh Dugan – Centre/fullback - New recruit arriving from the Dragons

Eddie Faalua – Prop - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Sosaia Feki – Wing - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 8, 2014

Andrew Fifita – Prop - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 1, 2012. Underwent ankle surgery early December, due back round 1

Kyle Flanagan – Half back – Local junior, part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Paul Gallen – Lock - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 15, 2001

Wade Graham – Second row - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 1, 2011

Aaron Gray – Centre/wing - New recruit arriving from the Rabbitohs

Valentine Holmes – Fullback/wing - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 18, 2014

Brock Ilett – Prop - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Sione Katoa – Wing - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

William Kennedy – Fullback - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Ryan King – Prop/lock - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Edrick Lee – Wing/centre - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 1, 2017

Ricky Leutele – Centre - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 24, 2010

Luke Lewis – Second row - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 1, 2013

Isaac Lumelume – Wing/centre - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad. Underwent knee surgery. Time for return tbc

Billy Magoulias – Lock - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Matt Moylan – Five eighth/fullback - New recruit arriving from the Panthers

Briton Nikora – Second row - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Joseph Paulo – Lock/Backrow/five eighth - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 2, 2016

Matt Prior – Prop - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 1, 2014

Jesse Ramien – Centre/wing - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 26, 2017

James Segeyaro -  Hooker - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 4, 2017

Ava Seumanufagai – Prop - New recruit arriving from the Tigers

Scott Sorensen – Lock/back row - Local Junior returns after a stint at the Raiders

Cruz Topai-Aveai – Prop/second row - New recruit in 2017 for the NYC Sharks, training NRL squad. Arrived from the Rabbitohs. Still NYC eligible.

Jordan Topai-Aveai – Wing – Brother of Cruz - New recruit arriving from the Rabbitohs

Chad Townsend – Half back - Debuted for the Sharks in Round 13, 2011

Josh Tuilagi – Wing - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Braden Uele – Prop - New recruit arriving from the Cowboys

Daniel Vasquez – Prop - Part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Jack J Williams – Halfback – Local junior, part of the 2017 NYC Sharks squad

Jack Williams – Backrow/lock - Arrived from Canberra in 2017 yet to debut for the Sharks

Bronson Xerri – Centre/wing – Local junior, part of the 2017 SG Ball Sharks squad. Still eligible for SG Ball under 18’s in 2018

Note: See today the first instalment in our Young Guns series, where we talk to and profile some of the emerging stars in the Sharks ranks. Stay tuned, later today Sharks TV talks to Billy Magoulias.