Moylan keen to leave injury woes behind

Matt Encarnacion
Cronulla's Matt Moylan is keen to put his injury woes behind him and give the Sharks more game time

A key Cronulla quartet has combined to play just five times together since Shaun Johnson's arrival at the NRL club.

In only three of those were they all in the starting side.

But with Matt Moylan hopefully over his horror injury run, his combination with Wade Graham, Chad Townsend and Johnson could be the key to the Sharks' season.

"I didn't know it was that little games. The more we can play together, it definitely builds our combinations," Moylan said.

"That's going to be a work in progress... When we do click, it goes good.

"We created some good opportunities (against Canterbury), it's just about executing them."

In his first game back from another hamstring issue, Moylan showed glimpses of his scheming best in Sunday's two-point win over the Bulldogs.

He switched with centre Josh Dugan in the second half as part of a plan to limit his kilometres in his return.

His injury troubles prompted NSW State of Origin legend Andrew Johns to question the long-term future of the former Blues representative.

Moylan has played just 14 of a possible 37 games since the start of 2019.

While Moylan admits he will have to manage his hamstring issues for the foreseeable future, he is desperate to put his injury woes behind him.

"I just want to play games. I had a lean year last year in terms of getting out on the field and contributing," he said.

"Whatever's best for the team, wherever that is for me, I've just got to go out and play.

"Stringing games together is the main thing for me at the moment."

Coach John Morris said Moylan's creativity gives his team a point of difference.

"He always looks threatening, 'Moyza'," he said.

"His first touch of the ball, he skipped across field and he's just so good on his feet, and he's just got a really good spatial awareness around him."

The 29-year-old was given a rude welcome in the second half on Sunday when he was floored by a crunching tackle from Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

The whiplash prompted the club's medical staff to haul Moylan from the field for a concussion test.

"It was pretty funny," Moylan said.

"Dallin apologised after he belted me. It was sweet, a bit of a laugh out there

"He absolutely flogged me. He didn't miss me."