Will Kennedy’s kind at fullback may power John Morris to make a tricky determination when Shaun Johnson makes his NRL return after harm.
The 23-year-old has scored three tries in two video games this season as he auditions to carry onto Cronulla’s No.1 jersey full-time over Matt Moylan.
Kennedy was a standout for the Sharks of their 12-10 loss to Canberra on Sunday night time, impressing Morris along with his growth on the again.
Johnson is aiming for a return from an achilles harm in round spherical eight, which might power common fullback Moylan out of the halves.
Nevertheless, Morris will not be making any massive calls simply but with no less than six weeks to go earlier than he must decide.
“Will’s been excellent,” Morris mentioned.
“He is had a very good pre-season and Will’s most likely been responsible of dropping his head when issues do not fairly go proper for him on a regular basis.
“However this 12 months, on the again of his pre-season he is simply tremendous assured and actually centered on his job.
“He is a very essential a part of our group.
“His positional play on the again has been excellent.
“He is featured in some good play for us, his two tries for us final week and one other one tonight, returning the ball again good and robust and he is labored actually onerous on his physique.
“His growth on the again goes properly.”
In the meantime, Morris will face one other tough choice determination for Saturday’s recreation with Parramatta after hooking centre Marwene Hiroti early within the second half of Sunday’s loss.
Morris mentioned a part of his determination was to discover a option to convey Connor Tracey into the sport, however Hiroti’s two errors compelled his hand.
With star centre Jesse Ramien suspended for an additional two weeks, Morris admits his backline depth has been stretched even additional with Jackson Ferris struggling in injured foot enjoying reserve grade this week.
After a strong pre-season Morris hopes a nasty recreation will not kill Hiroti’s confidence.
“All of them made errors, it wasn’t simply Marwene,” Morris mentioned.
“Simply trying on the stats then, the backline made 14 errors so all of them have to take a look at themselves.
“Dropping Jesse Ramien has been a giant loss for us.
“Mar’s been actually good but it surely’s about how he reacts to this now and whether or not he can power his manner again in, however I would not have given him the job if I wasn’t assured he may do the job.
“We do not have a variety of depth there with outdoors backs.”