A new name emerged in the Sharks 21-man squad when named on Tuesday afternoon when young outside back Ronaldo Mulitalo was selected in jersey 18.
A 19-year-old New Zealander who spent some time in Ipswich in Queensland before arriving at the Sharks, Mulitalo has impressed with his ability, attitude and immense potential, hence the faith shown in him by coach John Morris in selecting the youngster in this week’s NRL squad.
Coming on the back of that team announcement earlier in the week is the news that Mulitalo has signed a contract upgrade and has been elevated into the Sharks NRL Top 30 squad, making him available to play in the top grade if and when required by Morris.
Mulitalo in talking to Sharks Media when signing his new contract was ready to enjoy his time in Brisbane this weekend and ready to grasp whatever opportunities come his way.
“Whether I play or not, I’m going to enjoy the experience, see how the boys prepare and to try to learn from them,” he said.
“It’s a great time to be around the club. I’m happy to be here and truly grateful.”
Click on the video link above to see the full interview with Mulitalo.
Following the signing of his new contract Mulitalo was headed to the pre-game video session, then Captain’s run as the Sharks complete preparations for their match against the Broncos on Saturday night.
At this stage Mulitalo will travel to Brisbane as a stand-by player however an NRL debut is not far away for the talented teenager.
Ronaldo Mulitalo – Fact File
Date of Birth – 17 November, 1999
Place of birth – Auckland, New Zealand
Family heritage – Samoan
Junior Club – Ellerslie Eagles
Height – 190cm
Weight – 95kgs
Position – Centre
Rep Honours – Qld Schoolboys, Queensland Under-18 Origin