With Jeremy Latimore, Sam Tagataese and Chris Heighington not currently offered deals, it looked as though the Sharks were finished re-signing forwards who’ll be on the wrong side of 30.
Not so fast.
According to Fox Sports, the Sharks have re-signed back-rower Joseph Paulo to a 12-month extension.
While we find it curious (to put it politely) that the Sharks have room for Paulo but not the underrated Latimore, we can only assume that Cronulla value the versatility and perceived ball-playing ability of Paulo within their squad.
Whatever their rationale, it’s good to see that they’re not completely purging their forward pack of off-contract veterans, as it was looking for a while that Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis had met the club’s experience quota on their own.
Paulo has played 146 first grade games for the Sharks, Eels and Panthers, 4 Tests for Samoa, and 4 for the USA.