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Cronulla Sharks 2014 Preview

Sharks skipper Paul Gallen

How do the Sharks shape up this season?
Cronulla Sharks 2014 Preview
by AAP


Premierships: None

Finishes over the past three seasons: 2013 - 5th, 2012 - 7th, 2011 - 13th

Interim coach: Peter Sharp

Captain: Paul Gallen

Gains: Blake Ayshford (Wests Tigers), Daniel Holdsworth (Hull, UK), Matt Prior (Dragons), Eric Grothe (unattached), Siosaia Vave (Storm), Tinirau Arona (Roosters), Jacob Gagan (Manly)

Losses: Jayson Bukuya (Warriors), Jon Green (Broncos), Stewart Mills (Broncos), Tyrone Peachey (Panthers), Ben Pomeroy (Catalan, France), Ben Ross (retired), Mark Taufua (retired), Chad Townsend (Warriors), Matt Wright (Cowboys).

Strength: Paul Gallen may be reaching the veteran stage of his career, but the NSW skipper is still very much the heart and soul of the Sharks and goes into the new season injury-free for the first time in two years.

Weakness: The Sharks have a squad good enough to match any team in the NRL, but the lingering cloud of the ASADA investigation hanging over the club and the loss of suspended coach Shane Flanagan could hinder their hopes of a first premiership.

Money man: Todd Carney. On his day and when he's fit and focused, Carney is a good as any half in the NRL. If he has a big year, a NSW recall is well within his grasp.

One to watch: Michael Lichaa. The Sharks beat a number of clubs to sign the young hooker who is rated as one of the most exciting talents in the game. Loves running the ball, the U20 NSW and Kangaroos representative is tipped to become an NRL regular this year.

Best team: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Blake Ayshford, Jonathan Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Sam Tagataese, Michael Lichaa, Andrew Fifita, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Matt Prior, Issac De Gois, Chris Heighington, Anthony Tupou.

Predicted finish: 7th

Betting: $21

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