Cronulla CEO Barry Russell’s decision to self-report to the NRL regarding his club’s salary cap breaches will reportedly save the Sharks half a million dollars.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that the Sharks will only cop a penalty of $250,000, down from $750,000, because of the club’s honesty.
However the Sharks will almost certainly have to shed a quality player as it’s reported that they will be required to play $350,000 under the salary cap for the next two seasons.
This will give an opportunistic rival the chance to target one of the Sharks’ best players, or it could mean that a veteran like Paul Gallen decides to call time on his career early.
Shaun Johnson or James Segeyaro could also be in line to exit if the Sharks decide to take more of a last-in-first-out approach.
It’s also been reported that 2016 premiership coach Shane Flanagan’s deregistration will continue indefinitely, making it unlikely that there’s any chance of him returning to coach Cronulla.