After their premiership credentials jumped with a tough win over NRL pacesetters Melbourne, Cronulla are set to be boosted by the return of inspirational skipper Paul Gallen.
Coach Shane Flanagan confirmed the NSW State of Origin captain would make his comeback from a knee injury in Saturday's showdown with Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium.
After going down in the side's season opener against North Queensland with ligament damage, the 34-year-old missed the last three weeks and was close to returning in the side's 14-6 victory over the Storm on Monday night.
His initial diagnosis was that he would miss four to six weeks and Flanagan said he had been pushing his body to get back early.
"I know our physios are sick of seeing him because he's a tough patient, Gal, he wants everything to be fixed right away," Flanagan said.
"He's been tough in rehab, but he's there and he's worked really hard. He's pretty impatient and wants to get back as soon as he can."
Gallen's return will be timely, with the Sharks facing a five-day turnaround after notching their second win of the season against the previously unbeaten Storm on Monday.
Flanagan said his captain had put his hand up to turn out against the Storm but pulled up short.
"He was probably just a little bit short tonight," Flanagan said.
"He's had a little bit of swelling after he trained and obviously it's a long season so we don't need to rush him at this stage."