NSW State of Origin star Jack Bird says he's hoping to recommit to Cronulla before the Sharks open their 2017 NRL title defence.
He coached Cronulla to within a game of a grand final, but dual premiership-winning mentor Chris Anderson doubts the Sharks can win back-to-back NRL titles.
Sharks back-rower Luke Lewis has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal to remain with the premiers for the 2017 season.
NRL.com have analysed the fixture list of all 16 clubs for the 2017 season to come up with a "toughness" rating for each team's draw.
The reigning Premiers, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will open the 2017 Telstra Premiership in a blockbuster match against the Brisbane Broncos.
With the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership draw released, NRL.com analysed each club to give a quick snapshot of the important points in your club's fixture.
Cronulla's defence of their Telstra Premiership campaign will be launched in Redcliffe when they take on the Brisbane Broncos in the first of their pre-season.
Fresh off signing Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims to a historic playing contract, Cronulla have signed Jillaroos centre Corban McGregor on a similar deal.
Sharks player Ben Barba has been suspended for 12 matches after returning a second positive sample under the NRL’s illicit drug testing program.
The Cronulla Sharks have granted Ben Barba an immediate release from his playing contract in order for him to address some significant personal issues.