Jesse Ramien returns to Cronulla Sharks on four-year deal

Back in black, white and blue: Jesse Ramien playing for Newcastle against Cronulla in a trial match at Maitland in March. Picture: Marina Neil
Back in black, white and blue: Jesse Ramien playing for Newcastle against Cronulla in a trial match at Maitland in March. Picture: Marina Neil

John Morris believes the return of Jesse Ramien will give Cronulla's already star-studded backline another strike weapon.

The Sharks have officially announced the re-signing of the dynamic young centre on a four-year contract following his acrimonious exit from Newcastle at the end of last season.

Ramien made his NRL debut for Cronulla in 2017 having come through the club's junior system. He was mooted as a potential future State of Origin player before his disastrous stint at the Knights.

Morris, who took the reigns as Cronulla's first grade coach before the start of the 2019 season, coached Ramien for two years when he was the club's under-20s coach.

Morris had no doubt the 22-year-old would become an integral part of his first grade backline next season.

"I am very excited to have Jesse Ramien back where he belongs, which is in Sharks colours," Morris said.

"As his Holden Cup coach in 2016 and 2017 I developed a great bond with Jesse and love everything he brings, not only to our team on the field but off it as well. He is a very good person and role model.

"Jesse will certainly add to the experience and class of our backline and bring size, speed and X-factor that will change the way we play in 2020."

The Sharks already have veteran outside backs Josh Dugan, Matt Moylan and Josh Morris in their squad for 2020 along with young guns Bronson Xerri, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Sione Katoa.

Ramien, who will return to pre-season training with Cronulla this week, adds further class to a side that already boasts 2016 premiership-winning halfback Chad Townsend and New Zealand international five-eighth Shaun Johnson as its halves pairing.

"I'm stoked to be back in the black, white and blue, it's a bit of a home coming," Ramien said.

"I want to hit the ground running. I want to try to have a big year and I've got a bit of a point to prove.

"I know and have played with a lot of the boys whether it was in the NRL, the 20s or the NSW Cup and I think I probably played my best footy at the Sharks so I'm excited to be back."

Meanwhile, the Sharks have announced Dynasty Sport as the club's new apparel partner for the next three seasons.

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