Pete Anglesea has praised his Sharks player's commitment and attitude ahead of the new season, and is happy with the harmony in both the playing squad and the coaching staff.
During last season's difficult start, Anglesea and fellow coaches Steve Diamond and Bryan Redpath experienced a tough time, but the former Sharks player was always confident of turning things around.
"Winning is a habit and losing is a habit. We don't expect to have the same start this year as we did last time. It was difficult last season, not just for the club but for me personally.
"It was difficult at times trying to think of ways to get everybody positive and get a good buzz in the changing room, but we never lost faith in the players and they never lost faith in themselves. They dug in and eventually we had a second half of the season which was pretty good."
Alongside Diamond and Redpath, Anglesea adds to the heavy ex Sale presence in the coaching staff, which he believes will help alongside the new influence of Mike Forshaw as the defence coach.
"For us former players we really want to succeed. We're all winners and we all want the best for the club.
Rather than a quiet relaxing post season for Anglesea and his fellow coaches, a lot of work has gone into the recruitment, which the former back rower revealed is something that took plenty of time deciding.
"Before the start of every season we spend a lot of times looking for good signings. This year we've looked for players that are not only talented, but have played well against us in previous games," he said.
"We also wanted players that could fit into our ethic and our culture. Every single one of the new signings has been absolutely tremendous. They've brought energy, skill and desire. All of them have worked really hard in training and I've got nothing but positive things to say about them."
These new signings are already giving selection headaches for the men in charge, but Anglesea see's the positives in a squad with so many talented players.
"It's already showing now. We tried to give everyone a game pre season, and for the first year ever we've been struggling to do that and have had a lot of selection issues. There are a lot of players vying for a first team place. Hopefully it will mean we get more out of the them."
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