Where there are greener pastures is often where a player will go and when the end of a career is nigh, a player will go where he feels the opportunity is rife.
For Michael Ennis, who is currently the captain of the Canterbury Bulldogs, he will depart the club at season’s end and join the Cronulla Sharks for two years.
The Sharks, who have lost Issac De Gois mid-season and the likely retirement of John Morris imminent, signing an experienced hooker was a priority and they have now accomplished that goal.
With the deal for two years, there is also the option of a third and with seven games for NSW under his belt and more than 200 NRL games to his name, Sharks CEO Steve Noyce knows how crucial the signing of Ennis will be.
â€œMichael is a quality player and one who will definitely complement the roster we have here at the Sharks at present,â€ Noyce said.
â€œHe has shown he can play 80 minutes which changes up the way we can do things with the interchange bench, has experience at the highest level and is a tough competitor with great leadership qualities.
â€œIt is exciting to have him on board.â€
Someone else who is excited to have Ennis on board is Sharks captain, Paul Gallen. Having played alongside Ennis in previous State of Origin games, he cannot wait to have the veteran play in the same side as him.
â€œNot only is he amongst the best hookers in the game, but Mick is just the sort of player you love to play alongside,â€ Gallen said.
â€œHis attitude is infectious to those around him in that he competes on every play and has a real will to win.â€
With his departure a stinging blow in the eyes of some Dogs fans, he will be missed and Dogs CEO Raelene Castle was quick to point out how much Ennis can be proud of during his time in the blue and white.
â€œThe Bulldogs are disappointed that we werenâ€™t able to come to an agreement with Michael for the future and we thank Michael for the enormous contribution he has made during his six years here,â€ Castle said.
â€œEveryone here holds him in high regard and supports his decision, which is ultimately in the best interests of his family and their future.â€