Wade Graham to join Sharks
CHRIS BARRETTJuly 23, 2010
Cronulla have received some good news after a week the club would rather forget, with the promising young Penrith playmaker Wade Graham to join the Sharks from next year.
Graham, 19, had been weighing up offers from the Sharks and North Queensland after the Panthers were unable to retain him, focusing instead on keeping hold of the likes of Michael Jennings, Michael Gordon and Frank Pritchard.
In a major boost for the Sharks, he has agreed to relocate to Toyota Stadium, with his manager Mark Stewart telling Cowboys chief executive Peter Parr that the youngster had knocked back a move to Townsville.
The key signing is timely for Cronulla, coming just a day after captain and five-eighth Trent Barrett confirmed he would be retiring at the end of the season.
It is a bright end to a tumultuous week for the club.
It began with a flogging last Saturday night at the hands of Manly, a humiliation that was followed just a day later by coach Ricky Stuart's decision that he would not see out the season.
Replacement Shane Flanagan will take charge for the first time when the Sharks visit Canberra tomorrow night.
The beleaguered club is also hoping to soon confirm the signing of Dragons backrower Jeremy Smith, while Panthers winger Brad Tighe is also reportedly close to switching from Penrith to the Sutherland Shire.