Gorman has appetite for success with Sharks

CRONULLA chief executive Lyall Gorman loves a challenge, and he is up to his ears in one now.

You would think after taking A-League start-up club the Wanderers to the Asian championship within two years, winning an NRL premiership should be a walk in the park.

Gorman told APN in 2013 the Wanderers would be Asia's best, and he duly delivered, with the club winning the Asian Champions League crown in November last year.

And while Cronulla crashed to another heavy 42-6 loss to the Dragons at the weekend, Gorman remains excited by a $500 million development in the Shire right alongside the Sharks' home ground, Remondis Stadium.

He says the project has the club's future looking a lot brighter in the wake of the infamous peptides scandal which rocked the club to its foundations.

"There have been some speed bumps haven't there?" the Sharks boss said. "But, as I said, when I came on board, you've always got to learn from the past and acknowledge the past."

Looking forward, though, he said he was confident the future would be strong.

"There's about 650 apartments and 1500 residents that live right next to our playing field. There's a retail centre on the other side with a new licensed club, which is 18,000sqm of retail.

"The future of the club - with it being the pulse of the Shire - is very strong and secure."

Gorman has several other pressing issues to deal with, including re-signing club captain Paul Gallen and smoothing over the club's relationship with Michael Gordon, after it blocked his move to Parramatta.

While many would have laughed at Gorman's Asian vision, he got it done.

Now, he's daring to dream of a maiden premiership for the Sharks, who since entering the competition in 1967 have won two minor premierships and played in three losing grand finals - in 1973, 1978 and 1997.

"I think everyone's aspiring for that (maiden) premiership. We'd love to reward our fans with a premiership before I die," he said.



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