Their start to the year was not as good as they would have hoped for, and they would tell you that themselves, and with a tough clash looming on Monday night against reigning premiers St George, Sharks back Colin Best thinks that the Sharks will not flop this year.

Best remains adamant that the Sharks playing roster is simply too good to be languishing at the bottom of the table, and he expects better, starting this Monday night against the Dragons.

”I didn’t come back to Cronulla to mope around for two years,” he said.

”I’ve come back with expectations of being a part of a good team and that feeling hasn’t changed.”

At the age of 32, and one of the more senior players in the Sharks team, Best knows that he has to be one of the players to instill confidence in the younger players to perform to their potential.

”We just need confidence as a group. Confidence is what allows players to go out there and play their natural game, and we have players who are definitely gifted. We know we have a good team here.

”There’s plenty to like about the Sharks. It’s not just the 17 on the field either, there’s talent throughout the place … Once we find that confidence we’ll capture a lot of attention.”

‘There’s been a lot of talk that our strength is our forwards, and we have a great pack, but that is also why we have a real belief that we have a good team that can compete,” Best said.

‘The Sharks squad in 1999 had a good pack, too, but when you compare the teams from then to now, I believe this year’s has the potential to play a little bit more football … there’s plenty of skill in this Sharks team and we just have to unearth it.

”I’m sure a few more games, and a few more combinations, will help a lot.”

With the contest against the Dragons looming, for Best, the intensity is there for all to see, and it is helping the players get motivated and confident about the clash.

”There’s always the desire to beat the Dragons, and the fact this can help us get back on track, means it counts for even more,” said Best.

”We know this is the game our supporters want us to win, and as players we want to get one over our neighbours – they always seem to have that big brother belief that they have it over us.”

By ricky

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