Cronulla general manager Steve Rogers has admitted using an unregistered player last weekend but says the National Rugby League club will contest the severity of a $10,000 fine.
The NRL issued a breach notice after the Sharks used Laloa Milford during last Sunday's clash with Newcastle without registering him. The NRL says Milford received a clearance to play from his previous club but had not been registered with the Sharks.
Rogers admits playing Milford was an administrative oversight but says the fine is a little severe. The club must enter submissions in the next five days to contest the severity of the fine.
It is the last thing the Sharks need after being relegated to the bottom of the NRL ladder as the only team not to have won a game after six rounds.