After an underwhelming first season with the Sharks last year, Shaun Johnson has declared he is feeling “stronger” than he has “in a long time” and is preparing for a looming territorial battle in Kogarah this season.
Johnson has declared his side will be going to Jubilee with an attitude to “take over” the area as their own.
“We’ve got to go there and turn it into a fortress and make people want to come here to watch us play,” Johnson said. “We’ll go there and we’ll make it our home and we will get our fans there making lots of noise for us, we can do that through our performance and that, as players, all we can focus on.”
Nestrata Jubilee Stadium, otherwise known as the spiritual home of the Dragons, will be shared between the two clubs for the next two seasons while Cronulla’s Shark Park precinct is redeveloped. The sharing of the stadium will further provoke the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs, especially after Shane Flanagan’s move from the Shire to the Red V following his deregistration last year.