Back-line depth is crucial for any side, and the Sharks have strengthened their side by signing talented Fijian rugby international Alipate Ratini, on a one-year deal.
Ratini, who is the older cousin of Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete, has forged a strong reputation as a prolific try-scorer in the IRB 7's, and is a former Fijian sprint champion – clocking a best time of 10.90 seconds.
It was at a rugby sevens event in which the club first saw Ratini, with a club scout spotting him, before the club moved swiftly to sign him.
â€œOne of our scouts saw him playing rugby sevens for Fiji in Newcastle,â€ Flanagan explained.
â€œItâ€™s about giving him an opportunity. While heâ€™s been playing rugby and rugby sevens, he has a rugby league background which will help with his transition.â€
Ratini, who is not a loud talker, said that training is “very different” to that in which he has experienced in the past.
â€œWe used to run 6 kilometres for training,â€ he said.