THEY'VE duked it out for 26 rounds. One by one, they've fallen by the wayside - voted out by the fans for all manner of reasons. Some were done for bad form, some for injury, others for suspension and others still for simply not standing out enough on the park.
BEING a Sharks fan feels good again. No more anger, no more frustration. Little desire to scrape my eyeballs on sandpaper to distract me from the anguish of losing? again. There can be no doubting it ? Stuart Raper is the right man for the job.
CONFIRMATION today that current Parramatta half Adam Dykes will return to his former club, Cronulla, in 2005. He has signed to a deal which will see him wear the black, white and blue for three years in a major boost for the Shire team.
CURRENT Castleford back, Paul Mellor, has signed a deal which will see him return to the Cronulla Sharks in 2005. Mellor, a Shark between 1999 and 2002, originally left the Shire amid controversial circumstances amid the tenure of former coach Chris Anderson.
CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley has pulled out of Saturday's crucial match with Parramatta after scans revealed his troublesome hamstring had not yet fully healed. Kimmorley has been absent from the Sharks line up since tearing the muscle during State of Origin training.
CRONULLA have announced a deal which will see them join forces with Newtown for 2005 and beyond. The new association will see Cronulla scrap their existing Premier League team, with Newtown to be brought in as a feeder club.
DAVID Peachey has today signed a contract which will see him remain a Shark until the end of 2005. It will be his twelfth season with the club after moving to Sydney from Dubbo.
CRONULLA utility forward Paul Gallen has extended his contract for a further three years in a boost for the southern Sydney club. Gallen had previously entered the player market before the June 30 deadline to get a guage on his market value, but was satisfied with the offer Cronulla offered him.
CRONULLA have continued their foray into the player market, with Wests Tigers three quarter Luke Covell agreeing to terms with the club. Covell is most noted for his goalkicking ability, an area in which Cronulla is decidedly lacking.
CRONULLA are poised to enter the player market for the second consecutive year as they strive to plug the gaps in their still improving squad. It is understood that the key priorities are a five eighth, a goalkicker and a prop forward.