Jack Bird burst onto the scene in 2015 and was then an integral member of the Sharks Grand Final winning team the following year, with his robust style winning fans and critics alike.
So good were his performances in 2016 and into 2017, Bird would play five games for NSW in the Origin arena and was earmarked as a rising star.
Unfortunately for the Sharks, in 2018 Bird moved to the Brisbane Broncos, however his career north of the border has been plagued by injury, with a torn ACL earlier this year resigning him to 12 months on the sidelines.
In the Sharks premiership winning year of 2016, Chad Townsend returned to the Cronulla club following a stint at the Warriors and linked with Bird on the right-hand side of the team’s attack.
The pair struck up a successful partnership, with Luke Lewis and Valentine Holmes also involved in that right-side combination and the rest is now etched in history as the Sharks would go on to take the NRL title, Bird playing brilliantly in the decider despite a badly damaged elbow.
Now on the eve of the Grand Final replay which is set to air on the Sharks website from 7.00pm tonight, we offer the opportunity to have a listen to Bird and Townsend discuss 2016 and a whole range of other topics on the Talk of the Town podcast.
Bird’s emergence from a somewhat shy Wollongong recruit to a fully-fledged star, his emotional departure from the Sharks to link with the Broncos and the series of injury issues he has since battled, and of course the big day in 2016 when the Sharks brought home the trophy, all covered off on this recent episode of the Talk of the Town podcast.
Follow the links below to watch or listen to Talk of the Town, then take in the replay of that memorable game, the most significant in Sharks history, which airs from 7.00pm today.