The Transfer Market Allergy: Cronulla’s Smart Signings

The NRL’s Silly Season has officially begun, following the conclusion of the Finals and the passing of the November 1 contract deadline. Smart Signings will provide insights into where the clubs are weak and what they need to improve, without rumors or gossip. Cronulla overachieved in 2023 and the question for 2024 is whether they can evolve to compete against the best. The Sharks’ recruitment strategy is focused on cohesion, with few additions to the team. They have one of the most settled teams in the league, using only 23 players throughout the season. However, their weakness lies in the ability to perform against the best teams, as they have not been successful in finals under Fitzgibbon. The Sharks’ lack of recruitment may partly be due to a tight cap, but they could benefit from signing players like Tyrone Peachey and Kodi Nikorima who offer versatility and depth.