Cronulla youngster Braydon Trindall believes he has got what it takes to fight off the competition and play alongside Nicho Hynes in the Sharks halves this season.
The Sharks are priced at 17/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and optimism is high following the arrival of some big-named recruits in the off-season.
One such arrival is Hynes who swapped the Melbourne Storm to play regular footy with the Sharks and he is nailed on to take one of the positions in the halves.
Now the battle is on to play alongside him with Trindall and veteran Matt Moylan both trying to impress new coach Craig Fitzgibbon during pre-season.
Trindall may only have 23 NRL appearances to his name, but after playing the last 10 games of 2021 he is out to keep his place in the starting line-up.
"One hundred per cent. After last year and getting those games in, I've moved into this year pretty confident," Trindall told AAP when asked if he is gunning to start.
"I'm just putting my best foot forward at training and I guess we'll have to see what Fitzy decides. Last year I got 18 games throughout the year and most of them were starting.
"The boys that I played with gave me a lot of confidence as a young half to really be able to step up and play that role now. I think it really developed my game."
As well as Hynes, Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra) and Dale Finucane (Melbourne) have also arrived and Trindall says they have raised the bar as far as professionalism is concerned.
"When it's not even full-on at training, they still do it full-on," Trindall added. "It's crazy how hard they train and it's just the people they are. They take it from training and put it on the field. It's really upped the standards of the club.
"Everyone's giving it back to them and having a crack at training."