Sharks lead race for sacked Rabbitohs flyer

James Roberts

Regarded by some as the fastest player in the NRL, though he has not had the chance to show it as much as he would like – sacked Rabbitohs utility back James Roberts, is being pursued by the Cronulla Sharks, as a replacement for the retiring Colin Best.

Just two days after the Rabbitohs sacked for him for repeated breaches of the club’s Code of Conduct, the Sharks approached him – with his uncle Amos Roberts and manager Daryl Mather travelling to Cronulla for a chat.

Playing in 10 first-grade games to date, whilst Souths were reluctant to release the talented young star, following a string of indiscretions, the club had no choice but to release him.

“Shane and I did meet with James,” Mooney said.

“We sat down with him and asked him what he had done and now it is up to the club to determine whether or not he can fit into the culture here.

“We discussed what had happened at Souths and obviously we have to consider those reasons before we make a decision on him.”

Whilst the Sharks are talking with Roberts, they would seek clarification and approval from the Sharks board, before making such a move.

“We have not made a decision yet,” Mooney said.

“Shane and I will have to sit down and discuss it further. I think he was very honest with us and I think he is a good kid. We will talk about it more before making a decision.”

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