Having experience in respective departments off-the-field is fast becoming an important asset for NRL clubs, and for the Cronulla Sharks, they have had one of the elite join them – as David Boyle, a former NRL player himself, joins the club as their new Physical Performance Manager.
Boyle, who played with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for nine years and made two Origin appearances in 1987, has now moved onto the fitness and health realm, where he has made quite a name for himself.
The former NRL player now owns a gym at Warilla, is a board member at the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, and has previously held fitness and health roles at St George Illawarra Dragons, the Illawarra Steelers, Souths and most recently, the Wests Tigers.
Boyle has already met with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, to discuss the plans and approach to their pre-season training, with Flanagan of the belief that Boyle will become a vital part for the club moving forward.
â€œHe was a very good player for Souths, played for NSW, so he knows rugby league and heâ€™s been 20 years or more in strength and conditioning, heâ€™s on the board of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association so he knows his business,â€ Flanagan said.
â€œWeâ€™re excited about having him here.â€
With the Sharks a team that are on the rise, Boyle is also excited to have this opportunity at Cronulla.
â€œI only played for one club, but Iâ€™ve been at six different clubs since I started working in strength and conditioning and Iâ€™m looking forward to working here at the Sharks,â€ Boyle said.