Cronulla's top brass are revisiting their salary cap management "every single day" in a bid to break James Segeyaro's NRL purgatory in the next month, according to coach John Morris.
Segeyaro is currently contracted on a $1 deal to feeder outfit Newtown after his one-year Sharks contract was not registered by the NRL, allowing the club to be cap compliant by last week's season opener against Newcastle.
Cronulla must shed at least one more player before June 30, with Segeyaro the temporary fall guy for their cap punishment after a bid to move injured prop Ava Seumanufagai to Super League stalled.
NRL.com understands the Sharks remain hopeful of Seumanufagai shifting to the UK or an NRL rival, but previous suitor Leeds Rhinos have moved on from the 27-year-old.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with the Gold Coast, Morris said Segeyaro was fully aware he could be left in limbo when he signed his new Cronulla contract and was hopeful of having him back on his first-grade roster sooner rather than later.
"Our team and [CEO] Barry Russell and our salary cap manager are still looking at that really closely every single day, looking at ways that we can manage that," Morris said.
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"There's all options available to us and if there's space there to bring James back obviously that's our goal.
"He was fully aware that when he signed, depending on what findings the NRL handed down that there may be an issue with his contract registration so he wasn't too surprised that he was effected by that.
"He came to us knowing that that was the case. He's been good, he's been training really good.
"He brings a lot of energy and is a valued squad member and he wants to get back into the NRL 17 and hopefully he gets this next few weeks done right an opportunity might open up for him."
Segeyaro has been training with Cronulla's top squad full-time since re-joining the Sharks a month ago, but is yet to be named for Newtown.
Morris sees a silver lining to Segeyaro's sidelining, with the former Dally M hooker of the year able to work his way back to top fitness after training on his own across the summer while he was without an NRL deal.
Cronulla will look to recalibrate against the Titans and a difficult night out for playmakers Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend in last week's loss to Newcastle.
Given Matt Moylan has played for NSW in the halves and Segeyaro could eventually challenge the Brailey brothers Jayden and Blayke for a hooking role, Morris conceded pressure to switch up his spine could mount as is already the case at neighbouring St George Illawarra.
Sharks v Titans - Round 2
"There's always going to be external opinions around what people think is the best make up of the side is," Morris said.
"But I think it's pretty clear that Shaun Johnson, Chad Townsend and Matty Moylan is our best [with] Jayden Brailey and Blayke Brailey.
"We've got some options there if there's injuries, people can play different positions. Matty Moylan played all last year at six.
"In the NRL, a couple of losses and people start to suggest that people should be moved around but I'm pretty confident that what we've got is the right mix for us to get the job done."
Match: Sharks v Titans
Round 2 -
Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney