New Rockingham Sharks coach Dave Tito says his side will be boosted by the returns of captain Reece Potter and Josh Bransby for the 2019 WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership season.
Potter was forced to miss the whole of last season through injury, while Bransby returns after scoring 10 tries for the Sharks in his sole First Grade season back in 2017.
“Reece has been good around the group,” Tito said.
“He’s been full of energy ever since he’s been back running with us – it’s great to have him back.”
Getting Potter and Bransby back to full fitness is huge for the Sharks, while the return of star players Andrew Jeffery, Logan Barclay and Julz Wilson-Wyllie puts Tito’s men in with a chance of making a third-consecutive finals campaign.
“It’s great to be back and I’m ready for a big 2019,” the returning Potter said.
“We’ve kept a lot of the same group around again so it should be a good year.”
Despite the return of several key players, the Sharks did lose Will Smith, Conor Hudson and Brandon Wright to the South Perth Lions in 2019, and it awaits to be seen who will step up to fill their void this season.
The Sharks get their 2019 season underway when they travel to take on the Lions in Round 1 this weekend before returning home to host the Fremantle Roosters in Round 2.
Key additions: Josh Bransby
Key losses: Will Smith, Conor Hudson, Brandon Wright, Ezra Taomia
Round 1 lineup:
1. Nathan Hill, 2. Josh Neal, 3. Logan Barclay, 4. Josh Bransby, 5. Michael Heather, 6. Karlo Trego, 7. John Taituha, 8. Damien Worth, 9. Andrew Jeffery, 10. Charles Tanikoqi, 11. Dario Papalii, 12 Ricky Hayes, 13. Reece Potter, 14. Marcus Ngaro, 15. Julz Wilson Wylie, 16. Richie Hicks, 17. Ben Bolth
Coach – Dave Tito