"It hurts and I felt like we could have got the win... but it’s a good learning curve for these youngsters who are going to be the future of our club that we need to be excited about as well. Take nothing away from the boys, they had a strong year and the effort they put in, you can't question it. Next season will also be the first of Morris's tenure when he is operating with a full salary cap after wearing $353,000 penalties in each of his opening two campaigns as head coach.
", Fan favourite Cameron King announces retirement, State of Origin: Select your greatest teams from the last 40 years, Sharks get the band back together for finals charge, Sharks v Roosters: Johnson returns; JWH to miss again, You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content, Morris pointed to the bright future Cronulla. "That was a really tough game and we've had a really tough year," he said. Talks had been flagged off the back of Johnson's best campaign in years – his 23 try assists from 16 games are still the most by any player – until he went down against the Roosters last month.
Log In, Not sure? "We came back and lost our star player in Bronson Xerri, you take that sort of talent and experience out of any roster, it's going to hurt you. “Just the first one when I got the ground and I was tested and it was a bit high so just had to go to a room for 15 minutes and get re-tested but I’m sweet,” he said. 2020 Cronulla Sharks NRL Telstra Premiership squad, Sharks players, Canterbury Cup NSW squad. Cronulla are set to kick off more than $3 million in player contract decisions and talks around coach John Morris's future, however negotiations with Shaun Johnson will be delayed until his recovery from an Achilles rupture is well under way. But with end-of-year reviews beginning this week, the fact that four of Cronulla's five biggest earners come off contract in 2021 now comes under the microscope. We need to take the positives out of that.". Much-deserved extension talks beyond 2021 were kicked off with the coach, and then shelved until the end of the season, as a result of Morris' achievements under that adversity.

"We've got some considerations with the players off contract, there's a quite a few people off contract next year so there's some big calls," Mezzatesta said. Moylan told Fox League he was eventually let into the stadium after the scare and was eager to re-focus on the game ahead. Cronulla's finals appearance came despite copping a spate of mid-season injuries and losing Bronson Xerri (ASADA ban), Josh Morris (Roosters) and Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos). "Before a ball was even kicked this year we had to release Matt Prior, released Josh Morris, then we had the break for the coronavirus. So too the eventual rises of Toby Rudolf and Siosifa Talakai, plus the resurgences of Jesse Ramien and Shaun Johnson, the latter proving a sight for sore eyes regardless of the team you support. Talk of Shane Flanagan returning to the club once his NRL head coaching ban expires next season continues to do the rounds to Mezzatesta's bemusement. "And it was there last year and we've played finals two years [in a row] amongst all that. As players prepare to leave Cronulla's COVID-19 bubble with a club presentation event that is hoped to include family members, Mezzatesta sees room for improvement and the potential to do so. "But would you say that we're all there absolutely thrilled with it too? However, fans were sent into a panic after it was revealed that half a dozen players had failed testing on arrival. The Cronulla Sharks preparations have been thrown into chaos after six players failed initial biosecurity testing for their clash against the North Queensland Cowboys. It's a shame we're out but the players can hold their heads high. Learn more about NRL Account. It's a story Morris has grown accustomed to in his two years at the helm of Cronulla, with everything from salary cap and drug scandals to a bulging casualty ward coming his way in that time. We'll have those deeper discussions about the future and what's in store for everyone.". Along with the Sharks' biggest earners, Morris's own future will be broached once more after preliminary discussions were put on hold leading into the finals. "Then we take the field without Shaun Johnson, without Royce Hunt, Matt Moylan, I could go on and on with the adversity that's been around us this year. "It is a pass mark no question because we're playing semi-final football in a tough, tough year," he said. “It's a bit hotter up here in Sydney so it’s taken time to acclimatise, “I think most of the other boys have passed so we can just focus on getting out there for the game.”, https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sportal_com_au/24/70/cronulla-sharks_z40lfd65kok9zyycuudjdqr4.jpg?t=28214113&w=500&quality=80, North Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. However, the club won't be making any significant inroads in the player market until 2022. "We came back and lost our star player in Bronson Xerri, you take that sort of talent and experience out of any roster, it's going to hurt you.

Cronulla's cohort of talented local juniors and late bloomers showed the right kind of minerals in a fighting finals loss to Canberra that came amid a mountain of adversity, much like their entire 2020 campaign. The Cronulla Sharks preparations have been thrown into chaos after six players failed initial biosecurity testing for their clash against the North Queensland Cowboys. Questions remain around not only Morris' future but that of big name, big earners like Matt Moylan, Josh Dugan and Andrew Fifita, with the first two as well as Johnson all off-contract as of November 1. "We only had five or six guys out there [against Canberra] with more than 50 or 60 games worth of experience... "It's about what we learn out of these moments.

Now is the time to start really getting into the details of those questions. Fortunately for the Sharks, the players were eventually cleared to play as they prepare to take on ex-teammate Valentine Holmes for the first time since he left the club. @telegraph_sport. The season-ending Achilles tear suffered by Johnson has put extension talks with the Kiwi half on hold until at least early next year. "It's a shame SJ got injured when he did because he was certainly best on park and we certainly missed him out there," Mezzatesta told NRL.com. ... Royce Hunt and Siosifa Talakai making significant development strides in 2020. The positives for Morris abound in the development of youngsters Will Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Blayke Brailey. "We believe in our roster and we've got some serious talent. Katoa intercepts a pass to score late in the match, "Just like the players that come off contract at the end of the year, our coach comes off contract at the end of the year, so all those discussions, we'll get into the detail. Already have an NRL Account? Woods awaiting clearance - the others have all been cleared. Again, it's a scenario that has been the case all year for Cronulla.

But whispers of a return for Shane Flanagan or Paul Green to the club still won't go away. Probably not given our roster is a formidable one. The Sharks gave the home side an almighty scare by jumping to a 14-6 lead shortly before half-time, only to be run down 32-20 with injuries to Blayke Brailey (ankle) and Scott Sorensen (groin/hamstring) leaving Morris with just 15 fit players. Katoa intercepts a pass to score late in the match. "We will have to get onto that pretty quickly though. The injury-plagued fullback, as well as Dugan, Johnson and Woods will be on the open market next month though, with any new Sharks deals unlikely to be sorted by November 1. The players were eventually cleared as the Sharks confirmed that they were take the field unchanged. "We've always said that John Morris has a contract until the end of 2021, he's still our coach and that we would wait until the end of the year and let's regroup. Sharks turn attention to star player and coach contracts. It's definitely a pass mark but the club knows it can do much better. Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta has dubbed their 2020 campaign a "pass mark without question" given the rise of several local juniors and Morris's second finals appearance under considerable off-field duress.

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