It is a move that has many St George Illawarra Dragons fans scratching their heads, with Cameron McInnes to join arch-rivals the Cronulla Sharks for 2022.
Speculation was mounting that McInnes was on the way out and the move has now been confirmed, much to the chagrin of many.
McInnes reportedly informed the club of his decision on Tuesday morning.
McInnes, who was the Dragons’ best player in the 2020 season, wanted his future sorted prior to the 2021 season commencing.
“We were well aware throughout our discussions with Cameron and his management that he wanted his future sorted prior to the season commencement,” General manager of football Ben Haran said.
“We understood why he wanted his future sorted immediately, which has since led to Cameron and his family securing an opportunity elsewhere.
“Cameron is a quality player and person who has brought a lot to St George Illawarra since arriving in 2017, and we’re looking forward to him again playing a huge role in his final season at the club.”
It is a stunning piece of recruitment for the Cronulla Sharks who are slowly building, as McInnes signs on for four years from the 2022 season.
The Botany Rams junior made his NRL debut with the South Sydney Rabbitohs before joining the Dragons.
McInnes received praise galore from Sharks coach John Morris, who is a fan of the versatility that McInnes provides.
“He can play lock equally as well as he can play dummy half and that versatility, especially in the modern game, is very attractive to our club,” Morris said.
Cameron has been brought mainly to play lock and will complement Blayke Brailey at hooker in a potent 9 and 13 combination that should have all Sharks fans very excited.
“He’s a winner and we are very pleased he has agreed to join us in 2022.”