The 2021 Telstra NRL Premiership season continues at AAMI Park as Melbourne Storm take on the Cronulla Sharks!
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Event Date: Friday 30 April 2021
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All eyes tonight will be on Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson, who makes his first start for the year after recovering from an Achilles injury.
Johnson came off the interchange last week during the club’s loss to the Bulldogs, but this week interim Sharks coach Josh Hannay opted to drop fellow playmaker Matt Moylan in favour of the New Zealand international to start alongside Chad Townsend.
Johnson and Moylan are among 14 current Sharks players coming off contract as the club gets set to welcome new coach Craig Fitzgibbon in 2022. The club will also farewell Townsend after he signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys from next season.
But with rumours the Sharks are poised to land South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds, who is in the middle of a contract stand-off with the Rabbitohs, it leaves just one spot remaining in the halves next year.
Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns believes both Johnson and Moylan would fit just fine alongside Reynolds but feels the 30-year-old Kiwi would be better suited for the club at the right price.
It’s understood Johnson, who is rumoured to be on a contract worth around $800,000 per season, is seeking a two-year deal with a similar pay packet for next year.
“I think either of them would go well with Adam Reynolds,” Johns said on Wide World of Sports’ Immortal Behaviour. “I think the Broncos will come in big for Shaun Johnson.
“If Johnson does go it will be Moylan and that fits from a technical point of view. Moylan plays on the left and Reynolds plays on the right. But either/or – I think Johnson or Moylan could go well with Reynolds.”
“At the right money Shaun Johnson I’d be keeping him for around $500-600 (thousand a season). Moylan the same even there are concerns for Moylan’s body.
“Aaron Woods I’d keep him for the right price probably $500,000. Josh (Dugan) I’d maybe let go, he’s on big money coming to the end but Rudolf and Connor Tracey I’d keep. He can play anywhere I’ve seen him play in the halves for South Sydney and the outside backs.”
An emotional Sharks recruit Will Chambers paid tribute to his old Storm coach Craig Bellamy ahead of his awkward debut for Cronulla against Melbourne in Round 8.
Chambers finds himself playing for one of the Storm’s arch rivals after his Japanese Rugby deal came undone due to the COVID pandemic.
The 32-year-old scored 82 tries in 215 games for the Storm in two stints from 2007 to 2019 winning premierships in 2012 and 2017 and thanked Bellamy for putting his mind at ease ahead of his return to the Storm in an opposition jersey.
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“I left home at 13 and went to boarding school, then went from boarding school to Melbourne as a 17-year-old and Craig became my father figure in a lot of senses,” Chambers said.
“He mentored me on and off the field. The last thing he did for me at Melbourne Storm was give me life membership.
“I just rang him to say ‘this is what I’m thinking of doing’ and he told me to go and have a crack at it and give it my best go.
“He said ‘if you take a positive approach towards it and do what you’ve done for such a long time at [Melbourne], take the bull by the horns and have a crack at it, you never know what could happen’.
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“I sat down with him for two or two-and-a-half hours and spoke to him about footy, about life and at the end of the day he said if it’s going to put a smile on your face and your family, your wife’s face, go and have a go at it.”
The fact that the veteran centre has ended up at one of the Storm’s fiercest modern rivals is not lost on Chambers.
The Storm and the Sharks have had many epic battles over the years most notably the 2016 Grand Final and Chambers admitted he was nervous to meet some of his old foes when he signed with the Shire club.
“I was always nervous about coming back here because of the rivalry,” Chambers said.
“I had a chat to all of them and made sure I had all their blessings in coming here because I said some pretty offensive stuff back in the day on the footy field and as Gal would say to you, what happens on the footy field stays on the footy field.
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“What’s happened has happened, I dare say I’ll be saying something back to Melbourne this weekend, it wouldn’t worry me. It’s part of the game, everyone says something at some stage, we’ll see how it all pans out.
“I’m proud and privileged and honoured to get the opportunity to pull this jersey on and I’m looking forward to Friday night.”