The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Chambers plotting an NRL comeback with Cronulla

- DAVID RICCIO

FORMER Queensland and Kangaroos centre Will Chambers will meet with Sharks officials next week in a bid to make a comeback to the NRL.

The two-time premiershi­p-winner is back in Australia after a brief stint with Suntory Goliath in Japanese rugby.

The 32-year-old has fielded interest from Cronulla, who want to meet and assess the possibilit­y of signing the former Storm tryscorer on a base-wage deal for the remainder of the season.

The prospect of Chambers linking with the Sharks is a storyline few considered possible only a few years ago given the explosive sledging and tension between the Storm star and former Sharks captain Paul Gallen prior to the 2016 grand final between Melbourne and the Sharks.

Chambers also has longstandi­ng relationsh­ips with current Sharks including captain Wade Graham, Aaron Woods, Josh Dugan and Andrew Fifita from their time together in the victorious 2017 World Cup squad.

Chambers played 215 games for the Storm and last played in the NRL – on the wing – in Melbourne‘s 2019 preliminar­y final loss to the Sydney Roosters.

He then moved to Japanese rugby at the end of 2019.

Cronulla view Chambers as a player who could add valuable experience and depth to their outside backs.

Sharks coach John Morris has found himself stretched for wing-centre options after just five rounds.

Mid to long-term injuries to winger Sione Katoa (knee) and promising centre Jackson Ferris (foot) has forced Morris to move utility Connor Tracey to the centres, promote back-up winger Mawene Hiroti, while also using backrower Teig Wilton as a Band-Aid solution during matches.

It’s not the first time Chambers has been linked to an NRL comeback with Broncos coach Kevin Walters meeting with the veteran centre late last year.

Chambers will be told by the Sharks that he would need to be prepared to commence his road back to the NRL in the NSW Cup with the Newtown Jets.

 ??  ?? Ex-Storm star Will Chambers.
Ex-Storm star Will Chambers.

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