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    Sharks get ready for Moylan era

    Wade Graham says it will take some time for new five-eighth Matt Moylan to find his combination with halfback Chad Townsend.

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    Wade Graham expects there to be a few teething pains as Cronulla get used to the Matt Moylan-era at Shark Park.

    Moylan had his first hit out with his new teammates since joining from Penrith when the Sharks' NRL side took on English Super League team Wigan at their home ground on Wednesday afternoon.

    The hit out was little more than an opposed session and coach Shane Flanagan will get a better look at his new scrumbase combination during Saturday night's trial against Manly.

    Moylan is set to start the year at five-eighth alongside premiership-winning halfback Chad Townsend, however Flanagan does have his options with Trent Hodkinson and his son Kyle providing food for thought.

    Graham urged fans to temper their expectations and said, like all new combinations, it would take some time for them to find their rhythm and understanding.

    "They've been training well. It takes a bit of time to work some kinks out, (opposed) sessions like these, trials matches when you're put under a bit more pressure, you got the real work done," Sharks co-captain Graham said.

    "I wouldn't expect they'd be shooting all the lights out to start with. But they'll be looking to get out there and get a feel for each other."

    The Matt Moylan trade for James Maloney is being viewed as a win by Cronulla and the Panthers, with both getting what they needed most.

    Moylan's arrival in Sydney's south will keep their premiership window open and provides him with a fresh start following a lacklustre 2017 by his standards.

    Likewise, Maloney looked distracted amid contract talks last year and will provide the perfect halves partner for young Panthers half Nathan Cleary.

    Graham said Moylan had the potential to be the best player in the competition and was energised by the arrival of his one-time NSW Origin teammate.

    "We know what Chaddy can deliver, he's won a premiership here with us," Graham said.

    "He's certainly played at that level before and we want him to play at that level always. He expects that, we expect that and we're looking forward to that.

    "Moysa is an out-and-out superstar. He can be the best player on the field for whatever team he plays for.

    "We're not going to push him but we have a lot of guys here can take pressure off him, we're just looking for him to play good football here and fit in with our team."


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