Fitzgibbon reveals Hynes plans

24 October 2021 15:10:17 CET

New Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon says Nicho Hynes will be playing in the halves next season and has admitted competition in that area will be hot in the 2022 NRL campaign.

Cronulla are priced at 17/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and excitement is starting to build now that Fitzgibbon is at the helm for the first time.

Exciting signings

The Sharks have got some exciting signings on board for next season with Cameron McInnes and Dale Finucane joining Hynes on the roster.

It is the capture of Hynes that has really caught the imagination though after he starred for Melbourne Storm at fullback last season.

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But Fitzgibbon has other plans for Hynes as he ponders what his line-up will look like next season.

"A lot of people wouldn't know, but Nicho has only just started playing fullback in the last 12 to 18 months," Fitzgibbon said. "He actually grew up as a half, and he's been a half most of his life. We signed him as a half.

"We've got four really good halves on our books. I haven't even watched a training session with our existing halves, but competition for spots makes everything competitive.

"We need to complement a style that makes Nicho look the same way he did this year because he’s pretty exciting. If he wears No.7 or No.6, I'm not going to change the way he plays."

The right fit

Fitzgibbon has been working as assistant coach at the Roosters but says the time is now right to take the plunge and be a head coach, and Cronulla is the perfect fit.

"I felt like the club was in a position, in a number of ways, that made it attractive," he added. "I felt the Sharks had already been put together very well, with plenty of upside and once I'd made the decision, that weight kind of left me and now it's been nothing other than excitement and enthusiasm going forward."

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