Three young Sharks have been ear-marked as potentially being the future of Queensland rugby league after being named in the Emerging Maroons Origin squad.
Braydon Trindall, the man of the match in the Sharks Jersey Flegg Grand Final victory last year, centre Ronaldo Mulitalo and exciting new recruit Jangala Bennet, will head to the Sunshine State for a three-day camp in December.
The trio will be a part of the under 20's group, with an 18's Queensland Emerging squad to assemble at Robertson Gardens in Nathan from Wednesday, December 12 to Saturday, December 15.
For Trindall, the call up is a reward for his outstanding performances playing for the Sharks champion Jersey Flegg side last year.
The team's half-back and chief playmaker, Trindall was a standout in the Sharks Grand Final win over the Panthers.
As for Mulitalo, his selection was a show of faith for a player who had showed what he was capable of when representing the Queensland under 18's side in 2017. Last year was a frustrating one for the outside back, with a shoulder injury and the subsequent surgery cutting short his 2018 season.
Mulitalo and Trindall joined the Sharks NRL group for pre-season training which commenced on Monday.
The inclusion of Bennet is an indication the Queensland hierarchy see similar things in the youngster as the Sharks despite the fact his background is primarily in rugby union.
The Sharks managed to get under the guard of other NRL clubs and the Australian Rugby Union in signing the 18-year-old from Nudgee College in Queensland.
Likened to Jonathan Thurston in relation to his size and ability with ball in hand, Bennet scored 15 tries for Nudgee this past season and can play fullback, wing, five-eighth or halfback. He has signed a two-year contract with the Sharks.
Lead photo - Braydon Trindall, below, Ronaldo Mulitalo