Graham calls for end to Cronulla coaching saga as speculation becomes a distraction

Sharks captain Wade Graham has called for Cronulla’s coaching uncertainty to come to end due to fears the speculation could derail the club’s season.

Graham said the club needed to urgently confirm whether Roosters assistant Craig Fitzgibbons would be taking over in 2022. The confirmation would allow John Morris to make a call whether to walk away from the club immediately or whether a caretaker would be needed for the rest of the year.

Sharks captain Wade Graham says the speculation over who will coach the side next year is becoming a headache.Credit:Getty

The Sharks have also expressed interest in bringing Penrith assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo across to the Shire.

Ciraldo, who is from the area, still has another year on his deal at the Panthers, but it is understood he will be allowed to leave if he chooses to join Fitzgibbons at the Sharks next year.

Graham refused to offer his opinion of Fitzgibbons until a deal was confirmed by the club and instead sung the praises of Morris in taking the Sharks to the finals in both his years in charge.

The captain also conceded that if the plan was to re-sign Morris, it would have been done by now.

“He has certainly done a commendable job over the last couple of years already. He walked in on not a good situation, the roster was pretty squeezed with how it was assembled with the salary cap fine, then on top of that all the injuries he’s had to deal with, all the debutants he’s had to deal with,” Graham said. “He has done a great job mate. But it’s got to this point now and through not the players’ or John’s fault, we need a decision.”

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