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Sharks add to their NRL depth

20/10/2010 06:01:41 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla have bolstered their NRL squad for the 2011 season, with goal-kicking winger John Williams agreeing to a one-year deal.

Williams was one of four new signings announced by the Sharks on Wednesday, as they add to their depth in the hope of lifting themselves out of the competition cellar.

The Sharks have recruited current Papua New Guinea fullback Ryan Tongia from the Gold Coast, Brisbane Toyota Cup prop Andrew Clayton, and utility back Kose Lelei from Canterbury.

Former Parramatta and North Queensland winger Williams will link up again with coach Shane Flanagan after previously playing under him in his time at the Eels.

The 25-year-old, who has played 72 NRL games, was the Cowboys' top point-scorer in 2008 and Flanagan believes his experience in first grade along with his goal-kicking abilities will be invaluable as a replacement for the retired Luke Covell.

"John is a very reliable player and someone who will add plenty of depth to the squad and place a lot of pressure on the other players," Flanagan said.

"He's played plenty of first grade games, is a solid goal kicker and I'm really looking forward to coaching him again."

Meanwhile, the Sharks also confirmed they will form an alliance at NSW Cup level with the Melbourne Storm next season.

The arrangement will allow the Victorian side to send their NRL squad members not playing in its first-grade squad to either Cronulla, or their other partnership club Brisbane Easts.

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