Cronulla Sharks have confirmed the double signing of outside backs Bryson Goodwin and Nene MacDonald.
The moves come after the Sharks’ backline was dealt several blows, with injuries to Matt Moylan and Ronaldo Mulitalo, and Bronson Xerri stood down as he is investigated following a positive drugs test.
Former Warrington player Goodwin, 34, returns to the club where he made his NRL debut in 2007. He made nine appearances for Cronulla, before going on to further his career with Canterbury, South Sydney and the Wolves, making over 200 appearances in total.
Papua New Guinea international MacDonald, 26, last played for North Queensland last season, before being released after suffering a fracture and dislocation of his ankle. Prior to that, he also had spells with Sydney, Gold Coast and St George.
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“I’m really excited to be back here where I started my career,” Goodwin told the Sharks’ official club website. “I played all my juniors here.
“I’ve been around a while now. It’s been a great journey and I’ve sort of come full circle. I live locally, the kids were happy that I’m coming back to the Sharks, as they play footy in the local area. So it just made sense to come back here at this time.”
MacDonald added: “There’s been a big twist of events over the past year and I’ve ended up here. I’m pretty excited to get out there training with the boys.
“It all happened in the space of a couple of weeks. I was back home in Cairns and didn’t think I’d come back to any team until November but I got the call and came down straight away.”