Lewis, 29, was unveiled as Cronulla’s latest marquee signing on Friday after his request for a release from the final two years of his contract was granted by the Panthers.
Australia international Lewis said he felt stale after a decade with Penrith but his move to the Sutherland shire has certainly caused a stir among the Sharks squad.
For stand-in Sharks skipper Wade Graham, himself a former Panther, the chance to link up again with Lewis is a golden opportunity.
“It’s very exciting,” said Graham.
“I’ve known Lewie since I was ten years old and he is certainly a player I have always looked up to.
“I’ve had a long association with Luke. I used to be a ball boy for him when he was playing for Blacktown in the under 17s.
“I cant wait until he gets down here next year, so the other boys get to meet him and experience what he’s all about.”
“Luke’s commitment and status in the game – an Australian and NSW rep player – shows how important it is for our club to attract players like him here.
“Not just Luke, but I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to coach players like him.
“His signing won’t have any affect on Jeremy Smith‘s contract at all.”