With the league’s fiercest – but also the league’s oldest – forward pack, the Sharks would do well to start succession planning. To that end, the Sharks have reportedly made a good start.
According to 7Sport, the Sharks have agreed to terms with giant Cowboys forward Braden Uele on a two-year deal, that will see him head to the Shire until the end of 2019.
With regular faces Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis both re-signed until the end of next year and Chris Heighington still off-contract, the need to begin planning for their future is obvious, and adding the Junior Kiwi enforcer will go a long way towards ensuring that there’s no drop off as the Sharks’ stars head into the sunset.
The report suggests that the Cowboys are disappointed to lose Uele, and are unimpressed with the Sharks big-money offer to lure him away; but after opting to poach Storm forward Jordan McLean for next year, the Cowboys have gained a talented young forward themselves, and have little grounds to feel hard done by.
Uele made his first grade debut in last weekend’s loss to the Roosters.