Cronulla veteran Ben Ross says he has found a new lease of life since re-joining the Sharks.
Ross, 31, spent three years in the Sutherland shire before leaving for a brief spell with South Sydney.
However, the Queensland-born prop admits his heart was always with the Sharks and jumped at the opportunity to play under rookie coach Shane Flanagan.
“I always wanted to come back to Cronulla, it was just a matter of when and where,” said Ross
“I’ve really enjoyed where Flano is as a coach. I find him a lot different because I’m a lot older now. I’ve experienced him as an assistant coach and more so as a mate.
“I had a very good bond with him before he became my full time boss so he knows my game and how I cope with things, he just relaxes me with my footy.
“The last 6 months or so have been very enjoyable. There are a lot of new faces and certainly some old faces. The whole team is just an absolute crack up. We really make the most of our time together and I think that’s a big part of why we are playing so well.”
Ross, who has made six Origin appearances for Queensland, says he’d love to pull on the maroon jersey once again.
“On the field, I’ve really found a new lease of life,” he said
“Coming back here and also playing for Souths was a blessing in disguise. I’m striving towards playing Origin again.
“I’ve always been injured and had excuses but now I’m injury free I want to see if I can make it again. It’s a big goal of mine and I’ll do everything I can to enhance my chances of selection.”