Versatile and skilful, Joseph Paulo's strength was perhaps his Achilles heel at the same time, with the utility unable to secure a regular place in the Sharks run-on side but at the same time proving the perfect bench player with his ability to cover a number of different positions.
Paulo played middle forward, on an edge, at five eighth and at times as a dummy half in his time at the Sharks and did the job to a high standard for coach Shane Flanagan in whatever role was required.
In a career dating back to his 2008 debut match with the Eels, Paulo had never made a finals appearance – that was until taking to the field as a backrow replacement in the Sharks loss to the Storm in the 2018 Preliminary final.
Appeared in 21 games for the Sharks in 2018 and while he failed to cross the try line, his ability with ball in hand contributed to numerous attacking raids and scoring opportunities throughout the year.
Popular amongst the playing group, Paulo will be missed by his teammates in 2019 and beyond as he accepts a new challenge overseas.
Photo of the Year
Joseph Paulo and his wife welcomed their first baby into the world during the year, and what better feeling than having her come to one of your games. A special moment for Sefa.
2019 - What's ahead
After an NRL career spanning 11 seasons and 167 NRL games, firstly with the Eels, then the Panthers and finally 51 matches with the Sharks, Joseph Paulo heads to the UK Super League to continue his career with St Helens.
Look for Paulo to make an impact and provide plenty of value to his new club.