Every team needs depth and coaches know that, as the Cronulla Sharks have moved to shore up their hooker depth, signing Matt McIlwrick from the Sydney Roosters.
Playing eight games for the Roosters in 2015 whilst filling in for Jake Friend, McIlwrick has had exposure to the role at the NRL level and Sharks coach Shane Flanagan knows he will push hard for a spot.
â€œWe need three hookers in our NRL squad,â€ Flanagan said.
â€œI needed that insurance in case there is an injury. Matt came from the Roosters, played 7-8 games last year and heâ€™s come from a really good system.
â€œHeâ€™s very professional and adds quality depth at our 9 position, and he can play 13 as well. Heâ€™s coming here to challenge the other two, so it will be a really good mix for us.â€
The Sharks already boast one of the elite hookers in the game in Michael Ennis, and McIlwrick hopes to learn from him during his time at the club.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to the opportunity over the next couple of years,â€ McIlwrick said.
â€œItâ€™s a great team here going forward and being able to learn off Michael Ennis and a few of the other boys will be awesome.
â€œIâ€™m here to learn as much as I can.â€