Flanagan 'more balanced' in return

Michael Carayannis 10:00 PM   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan believes he has a "more balanced" approach to life as his NRL exile comes to an end on Sunday night.

Vale Terry Fearnley, a man's man and gentleman

Legend of the game: Terry Fearnley, pictured with Ricky Stuart in 2012.

Daniel Lane   Terry Fearnley, the first coach to take NSW to a State of Origin series win in 1985, has passed away at the age of 81.

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Bird's in a lonely place, says Gallen

Long break: Paul Gallen at Cronulla training on Monday.

Michael Carayannis   Greg Bird "wasn't the best" when news of his drug charges broke, according to close friend Paul Gallen.

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Sharks cool on Cherry-Evans

In demand: Daly Cherry-Evans.

James MacSmith   Cronulla appear to have conceded defeat in their quest for the signature of Daly Cherry-Evans.

Ennis picks family ahead of Raiders for fresh start

Rugby League round 15, Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium, Bulldogs Michael Ennis , Friday, 19th June 2009. Pictures STEVE CHRISTO, SMH SPORT/NEWS. DIGICAM 00001

Chris Dutton   Michael Ennis says the Sharks have found new life in 2015 and he's ready for a fresh start after turning down a massive deal from the Raiders.

Sharks only worry is football: Gallen

Free to focus on football: Sharks skipper Paul Gallen.

James MacSmith   Cronulla are embracing the challenges of football, and only football, in the post-ASADA probe era according to skipper Paul Gallen.

Graham wants NRL to rally around Titans players

Calling for support: Wade Graham at the NRL's advertising campaign launch at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday.

Michael Carayannis   With his own drugs scandal still fresh in his mind, Cronulla vice-captain Wade Graham has urged the NRL to rally around the Titans payers amid fears for players' welfare.

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NRL boss provides assistance for embattled clubs

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24:  NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith speaks to the media during a Gold Coast Titans NRL press conference at the Titans Headquarters on February 24, 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas   NRL chief executive Dave Smith has added the Gold Coast Titans to a growing list of clubs the NRL have had to provide financial assistance and corporate governance under his watch.

Wests Tigers beat Cronulla in NRL trial

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  James Tedesco of the Tigers celebrates his try with team mate Luke Brooks during the NRL Trial Match between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)

Nick Campton   James Tedesco made his long-awaited return from a knee injury as the Wests Tigers defeated Cronulla 22-8 on Saturday night in their trial match at Campbelltown Stadium.

Turner facing indefinite absence after spinal injury

Kyle Turner of the Indigenous All Stars is assisted from the field by medical staff after being hit high in a tackle by Paul Gallen.

Michael Chammas   A spinal injury suffered in Friday night's All Stars match on the Gold Coast has left South Sydney back-rower Kyle Turner facing an indefinite absence from the game.

Sharks' Barba buries hatchet with Bennett

Ben Barba.

Consider the hatchet well and truly buried between Wayne Bennett and Cronulla's Ben Barba.

Barba hopes All Stars may be springboard for Origin

Ben Barba.

Brad Walter   As he joined the Indigenous All Stars camp on the Gold Coast, Ben Barba declared he had now come full circle in the two years since his man-of-the-match appearance in the team's historic win and was ready to begin pushing again for a State of Origin jersey.

Lyon wants clarity on Cherry-Evans and Foran

Keen: Manly captain Jamie Lyon.

Michael Carayannis   Manly skipper Jamie Lyon has called on halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran to settle their futures as soon as possible as negotiations drag on.

Robson backs Barba to fire

Time to shine: Ben Barba trains at Remondis Stadium.

Michael Carayannis   Veteran Cronulla half Jeff Robson says Ben Barba compliments his game perfectly ahead of the duo's first game together.

Flanagan has 'big decisions' to make

Coach Shane Flanagan has a host of players fighting for a spot on Cronulla's backline.

Michael Carayannis   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan says he has some "big decisions" to make with a host of players fighting for outside back spots heading into round one.

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Cronulla recruit Michael Ennis a likely scratching from All Stars clash

Michael Ennis

Adrian Proszenko   Michael Ennis is likely to be scratched from the All Stars line up after suffering a calf injury in his first preseason with Cronulla.

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How Ben Barba's deal went from $1m to $2.7m

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Roy Masters   Ben Barba has more than doubled his pay, despite being half the player he was.

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Gallen wants to finish career at Cronulla after 2016 season

Planning his exit: Cronulla captain Paul Gallen at training.

Michael Chammas   Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has declared his intention to call it quits on his time at the Sharks after the 2016 season, revealing a desire to finish his career in the English Super League.

Up and up for Sharks and Gardner

Kicking on: Sharks fullback Nathan Gardner kicks ahead during the Auckland Nines semi-final between the Sharks and the Roosters at Eden Park on Sunday.

Michael Carayannis   Cronulla players are excited about football again with veteran forward Chris Heighington saying their Auckland Nines grand final appearance has done enough to convince his teammates that they are good enough to compete with the NRL's top teams.

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Sharks’ spirit has fans dreaming of silverware

Renewed hope: Sosaia Feki of the Sharks runs in a try during the grand final match between the Rabbitohs and Cronulla in the Auckland Nines.

Michael Carayannis   The porch light may still be on but long suffering Cronulla fans finally have something to smile about on the football field despite their heart breaking 18-14 golden try loss to South Sydney.