May 28, 2023


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Sharks may lose final hosting rights, Warriors sign Martin

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The NRL could deny Cronulla the correct to host a dwelling semi-closing if the Sharks safe a major-two complete for the to start with time since 1999 because of to the out-of-date amenities at PointsBet Stadium.

Finishing their year with online games against bottom-8 battlers St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers, Manly, Canterbury and Newcastle, the Sharks will extravagant their prospects of securing a prime-two finish below extraordinary to start with-year mentor Craig Fitzgibbon.

The Sharks have been capable to transform their household ground into a graveyard for rival sides this season.

3rd-put Cronulla have a 7-1 record at the ground and only a round-12 loss to the Sydney Roosters has prevented the Sharks from becoming undefeated at PointsBet. 

But in prior a long time when Cronulla have gained a finals video game at property they have experienced to shift online games to the old Sydney Football Stadium.

Broadcast, corporate and parking facilities participate in a issue in the NRL’s thought of granting golf equipment a dwelling finals game with the league set to tell clubs of their specifications to host finals fixtures over the next thirty day period. 

“If we win a residence-ground edge, we would want to engage in at property,” Sharks chief government Dino Mezzatesta instructed AAP following his club very last hosted a home finals activity at PointsBet Stadium in 2008.

“That’s our commencing position and given we are a good bit out we will continue to have dialogue with the NRL. We have experienced no challenge promoting out our game titles regardless of the timeslot.”

PointsBet Stadium is functioning at an 11,500 ability due to renovations but NRL head of football Graham Annesley said that would not be a deciding variable. Last 12 months the NRL hosted finals online games at Mackay’s 12,000-capacity BB Print Stadium.

“There’s not a particular (group) number due to the fact it’s a mixture of not just a potential but reserved seating,” Annesley instructed AAP. “The extensive and the shorter of it is that the NRL has to approve the location.

“We haven’t reached any summary that we would relocate the Sharks must they qualify for a household semi-last. We will need to go by way of the system with them and just about every other club.”

Nicho Hynes celebrates. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Sharks’ choice desire would most likely be the recently-crafted Sydney Soccer Stadium, though if they have been to deal with yet another Sydney club they would be ceding any of the edge attained by their remaining ladder place.

The Sharks hope to have PointsBet Stadium again to around a 17,000 potential by July but are one particular of the golf equipment who ended up expecting to get NSW Govt funding for an update to their amenities.

Cronulla have an NRLW aspect entering the opposition following year but, as things stand, will be unable to stage men’s and women’s double headers mainly because of the infrastructure.

On the signings front, the Sharks have extended the tenure of younger gun Kade Dykes, with the 20-yr-previous neighborhood junior re-signing until finally the close of the 2024 period.

With the ankle injuries to Will Kennedy, Dykes has been promoted to make his NRL debut this Saturday from the Dragons, in front of a provide-out crowd on Sharks ‘Old Boys’ Working day with more than 100 ex-Sharks players envisioned to be in attendance.

His father Adam and grandfather John also performed for the Sharks generating Dykes the next particular person in premiership record to be a 3rd-era player at the one particular club just after Zac Fulton accomplished the feat at Manly very last week.

Adam, who was the 300th Sharks initial grade player who debuted as an 18-calendar year-previous in 1995, performed 183 matches in the prime grade for the club, when John (No.112 on the all-time listing) was a member of the group throughout the mid-1970s before getting to be a reduce-grade mentor.

Martin switches to Warriors

Broncos utility Te Maire Martin’s feelgood tale of the yr just obtained greater with the 26-calendar year-old signing a 3-year contract with the Warriors, starting off in 2023.

The previous Panthers and Cowboys star has manufactured a impressive return to the NRL this 12 months after a bleed on the brain compelled the Kiwi international out of the video game in 2019.

“Te Maire’s comeback to the activity has been remarkable and we’re delighted we’ve been able to deliver him home to New Zealand,” explained Warriors CEO Cameron George. “He’s yet another top quality participant who will further boost our roster for 2023. With his capacity to engage in at fullback and in the halves he’s going to be a authentic asset for us.”

The Warriors have been active in the player market place following the mid-season losses of prop Matt Lodge and 5-eighth Kodi Nikorima with fullback Reece Walsh (Broncos) and second-rower Euan Aitken (Dolphins) signed somewhere else future 12 months and utility Chanel Harris-Tavita taking a 12 months off from the sport.

They have also signed Knights veteran Mitchell Barnett, Sharks playmaker Luke Metcalf, Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Eels ahead Marata Niukore and Manly utility Dylan Walker while Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick joined mid-year from the Sydney Roosters.

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