They had a partnership back in 2005 and 10 years later, the Cronulla Sharks and the Newtown Jets will join forces in the NSW Cup once more
The deal will run for the next three seasons, with the team playing under the banner of the Newtown Jets. As a result, all players contracted to Cronulla that are not playing first-grade will bolster the Jets NSW Cup squad.
The Sharks are pleased to have formed the new partnership, with CEO Steve Noyce excited about what is to come.
â€œThe Jets are a well-run organisation with good people involved, a Foundation Club with plenty of history and tradition,â€ Sharks CEO Steve Noyce said.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled we have been able to bring this partnership together and look forward to joining with Newtown in becoming a competitive force in the VB NSW Cup next year.â€
The Newtown Jets are also excited with long-serving director Terry Rowney looking forward to the future between the clubs.
â€œThe Newtown club looks forward to our new joint venture with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks,â€Rowney said. â€œWe are confident of ensuring that our new partnership with the Sharks will work to the benefit of both of our clubs.
â€œThe Newtown Jets also look forward to playing a major role in the Sharks winning their first NRL premiership. There are many players in the NRL today who have worn Newtownâ€™s royal blue jersey during their careers, and our objective in this new partnership is to fully support the Cronulla-Sutherland NRL team win their first premiership title,â€ Rowney added.
â€œNewtown believes the future is very exciting for both of our clubs and we cannot wait for this partnership to get underway.â€
The new partnership will give both Sharks and Jets players the chance to play NRL and although the Sharks no longer have a partnership with the Melbourne Storm, they were thankful for what it gave the club.
â€œWhile pleased to announce our joint-venture with the Jets I would like to thank the Storm for the association which has been successful in a lot of ways over the past four seasons,â€ Noyce added.
â€œOur partnership with the Storm resulted in a NSW Cup premiership and their support, especially this season as we battled an unprecedented injury toll with our NRL squad that severely affected our NSW Cup team, was appreciated by all of us here at the Sharks,â€ Noyce said.