Sharks centre Jack Bird is hopeful of avoiding a trip to the nation's capital in the first week of the finals.

Bird set for fullback switch

Jack Bird is set to line up at fullback for the Sharks in their Round 2 clash with the Raiders at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.

‌Initially named in the centres, Bird was moved to fullback as part of a backline overhaul announced 24 hours prior to kick-off, with Gerard Beale out of the side with a hamstring complaint.

Kurt Capewell will join the starting side in the centres, with Sam Tagataese also dropping out of the 21-man squad named on Tuesday afternoon.

Updated Sharks and Raiders squads