Braden Hamlin-Uele waited 1058 days to get the chance to prove he's a starting front-rower and a tryscoring blitz in the past six games has helped the hard-running Sharks prop make a strong case to stay there.
Hamlin-Uele's promotion to the starting side has coincided with the Sharks winning five of their past six games - and in three of those he has come up with the game's first try.
"It's been crazy ... some are lucky to get three in their whole career," Hamlin-Uele said.
"I put it down to our halves and being at the right place at the right time.
"I like starting, you don't have to warm up and then go to the bench for 20 minutes … it suits me pretty well I think.
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"When Bomber [John Morris] told me I was starting in the first game I was over the moon," Hamlin-Uele said earlier this week.
"I tried not to get too overwhelmed by it all and treated it as another game."
Cronulla's once premiership-winning forward pack has seen change over the past 12 months with the departures of Matt Prior, Kurt Capewell and retirement of Paul Gallen.
The likes of Hamlin-Uele, Toby Rudolf and Royce Hunt have offered Sharks fans a glimpse into the club's future engine room.
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"We're pretty happy but realise there's some work to do in some areas," Hamlin-Uele said.
"Those boys [Rudolf and Hunt] have been awesome off the bench. Having two bench players come on and run for over 200 metres each [last week] is rare.
"I teased Royce about it, he only had to make seven tackles so running 200 metres isn't that difficult when you make seven tackles.
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"[But] we're lucky to have that leg speed and energy off the bench when myself, Jack Williams and Woodsy go off."
Hamlin-Uele expects the Sharks' forward pack to be heavily tested by the Broncos in Friday night's clash at Suncorp Stadium.
The potential return of David Fifita adds to a Broncos starting outfit that includes Payne Haas and Joe Ofahengaue.
The Sharks are also wary of a poor record against the Broncos, who have won the past six clashes between the two sides.
"We can't read into their form because they will turn up on the day," Hamlin-Uele said.
"They were there with Melbourne for the first half. A couple of things went against them and they weren't able to wrestle the momentum back.
"If we go in worrying about their form it will be a tough day at the office for us.
"We're still looking for that whole 80-minute game. Until we get that in we're not going to be 100 per cent happy but we're making strides in that direction."