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Selfless Sorensen answers call to arms for injury-hit Sharks

Scott Sorensen is preparing for life in the middle of the paddock as the Sharks battle an injury toll ahead of their clash against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.

The loss of Aaron Woods for up to three months leaves the Sharks light in the engine room with three recognised backrowers named on the bench alongside rising hooker Blayke Brailey.

Cronulla stars Paul Gallen and Shaun Johnson are rated 50-50 chances to face the premiers at Shark Park, leaving the club with the task of testing their depth for a consecutive week.

Sorensen played his first game of the season in last week's loss to the Eels while rotating in the middle with Jason Bukuya.

"I'm open to the option of staying there for a little while longer, if that's the role I need to play I'm more than happy to do that," Sorensen told NRL.com at a Sharks media opportunity promoting free breast screening outside their leagues club in April.

"I found there was more difference, at times you're under more pressure on the edge, especially in defence.

Sharks backrower Scott Sorensen.
Sharks backrower Scott Sorensen. ©Shane Myers/NRL Photos

"I'm more involved with contact instead of sitting out on the edge. In the middle you get a bit more help.

"You're in between the scrum lines and that's where you need to play. You're a bit more isolated on the edge with your decision making tested. Kurt Capewell and Briton Nikora are doing a great job there so I am just happy to help out elsewhere."

Despite facing the prospect of going into their clash depleted, Sorensen said it was a speech by Sharks centre Josh Morris that had provided the motivation this week.

"Josh Morris actually said as an outsider he's always wanted to watch Sharks against the Roosters," Sorensen said.

"He said he was envious at the Bulldogs because both sides always turn up. It doesn't matter what state both sides are in, there is always a bit of competition there.

"They've been on fire in the last four weeks, especially in the forward pack and they're not the premiers for no reason."

The Sharks last met the Roosters in last year's qualifying final where they went down by nine points.

"It's hard to say how to beat them," Sorensen said.

"To give yourself the best chance you've got to challenge them on every play, whether it's winning a tackle or poking your nose through to get the side on the front foot.

"If we can do that we give ourselves every chance no matter who takes the field."