The Belconnen United Sharks begin the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup season with optimism after recruiting well and showing plenty of improvement.
Former Canberra Raiders Glen Buttriss and Sam Mataora add plenty of experience to the Sharks, while Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai adds strike in the outside backs after making the move across Belconnen.
Under the guidance of Scott Logan – who enters his third year as coach of the Sharks – the side impressed at the recent West Belconnen Nines tournament as they finished as runners up in nail-biting Grand Final.
Having troubled plenty of sides at various stages throughout last season, improved consistency and game management will be key if the Sharks are to claim a finals berth.
Having played over 100 NRL games for the Canberra Raiders, Buttriss joins the Sharks after spending a season as captain-coach of his junior club the Cootamundra Bulldogs.
The hooker will look to improve the side through his defensive qualities and will look to take pressure off the halves.
Gains: Glen Buttriss (Cootamundra), Sam Mataora, Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai (West Belconnen), Teva Mataora (Central Newcastle), Joey Vejvoda, Tyson Astill (Harden), Aidan Agnew (Woden), David Williams (Gungahlin), Ewen McCarroll (Gerringong)
Losses: BJ Sione, Darcy Eason, Andrew McDonald, Trent Vaughan, Aidan Greenwood, Logan Reis, Isaac Hamad, Jason Brown