Josh Morris intends to honour Sharks deal despite salary cap drama

Josh Morris dives over to score a try for the Bulldogs against the Dragons. Photo: AAP
Josh Morris dives over to score a try for the Bulldogs against the Dragons. Photo: AAP

KIAMA Knights product Josh Morris was Cronulla's last high-profile signing for next season and said he expected to honour that two-year deal.

Cronulla spruiked the signing of the international centre last month with Morris to join former NSW Origin teammates Paul Gallen, Wade Graham, Andrew Fifita, Josh Dugan and Aaron Woods in the Shire.

Morris, who faces Cronulla with Canterbury on Sunday afternoon, said he had not had any contact with coach Shane Flanagan nor anybody else at the club since the salary cap news broke late Tuesday.

"I'm not too sure about the details and I don't think it will affect me going there next year,'' Morris said.

"As far as I'm concerned I've signed a two-year deal there and I'll honour that.

"If anything comes of that, I guess my manager will let me know.''

Morris, 32, said Cronulla had the roster to push hard for a title in the coming years, which was a big reason he signed.

"You want to go to a successful club, and I believe they've got a roster over the next two years to be very competitive,'' Morris said.

"They'll lose both centres [Jesse Ramien and Ricky Leutele], and I feel I can add some experience there. They've also got a number of younger blokes coming through and I can mentor them and help out.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge. I just need to take the work ethic I've had here at the Dogs the last 10 years and take that across to the Sharks.''

Morris was playing with Woods at Canterbury before the prop joined the Sharks before June 30. Woods was on around $800,000 a season, with the Bulldogs understood to have paid out around $175,000 of his tab to switch to the Sharks. The prop himself also had to settle for a little less.

Flanagan said of Morris' signing at the time: "As we all know, Josh has big-game experience having played in two grand finals and representing at the highest level. He has plenty of good football left in him and the young players in our squad will definitely benefit from having him around.''

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