Michael Ennis's ability to chat has already made a positive difference to the Cronulla Sharks according to his teammates.
They both struggled in 2014, but already the signs are positive for the Sharks and Raiders heading into their Round 1 clash.
Sosaia Feki has set his sights on a breakout year at the Sharks after beating out a host of established first-grade rivals to reclaim his wing spot for Round 1.
Sharks halfback Jeff Robson can't wait to run out onto Remondis Stadium with his new playmaking partner, 2012 Dally M Medalist Ben Barba.
Free of the protracted ASADA investigation, Sharks skipper Paul Gallen says Cronulla's only worry ahead of the NRL season start is football.
In terms of their respective football careers, David Fifita has lived in his twin brother Andrew's shadow for his entire life.
Anthony Tupou said the Sharks' family-friendly season launch was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the changed culture at the club this year.
The Wests Tigers have beaten Cronulla 22-8 in their NRL trial, with James Tedesco making his long-awaited return from a knee injury.
After the season from hell, the Sharks have been boosted by the return of their coach and two big-name signings. But will it be enough for a finals berth?
Manly have beaten Cronulla 42-22 in a NRL trial match, highlighted by the return to Sydney of Sharks recruit Ben Barba.