Sharks fans told at public forum: club in league with community

More than 200 Cronulla rugby league faithful turned out Tuesday night for the second community fan forum at Sharkies.

The first forum, attended by 150 people, was held on Monday night at Club on East, Sutherland. 

New Sharks group chief executive Lyall Gorman, head coach Shane Flanagan and football club chairman Damian Keogh faced fans, sponsors and club members.

Before they addressed the forum, the Sharks showed a video presentation with the theme: the club is for the community.

Gorman said there was the prospect ‘‘down the track’’ of the Sharks being the parent body for a possible new A-League franchise for southern Sydney, Wollongong and Illawarra.

‘‘We have a rectangular ground which is ideal for football as we only use the ground for rugby league, 12 times a year,’’ Gorman said.

The Sharks trio spoke about their ideas and future strategies for the club.

Gorman, who has been in the role for just two weeks, said he accepted the job because he believed in the club and its future.

‘‘We’re putting the building blocks in place,’’ he said.

‘‘We cannot do the things we want to do without the support of our members and stakeholders.

‘‘When I was with A-League club, Western Sydney Wanderers, it was member-driven.’’

Fans at the forum said they wanted the Sharks to do more in educating the community about the club and its history.

One footy fan showed her courage and bravery.

Speaking at the forum, the new Sharks supporter said:

‘‘I am from a third generation Dragons family, my grandfather is a Dragons supporter,’’ she said.

‘‘My husband is a Sharks supporter and he got me to come to the Sharks games this year and now I am a Sharks supporter.’’

Her bold revelation drew applause from the Sharks fans.

Car parking, bus transport to and from home games at Remondis Stadium, good-priced membership packages and good game-day experience for the club faithful were ideas noted by Gorman, Flanagan and Keogh.

Flanagan said the attitude among the current squad, grade and junior representative players was ‘‘very good’’.

‘‘They are a very close group, working hard at training,’’ he said.

Gorman said a post-community forum event would be held in February.

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