Bulldogs prop Aaron Woods will leave Belmore this week to take up a contract with the Sharks.
The decision has come before the June 30th deadline in order for Woods to be eligible to join the Sharks this season.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill explained why the move had taken place at this time:
"The Bulldogs and Aaron have decided that now is the right time for this move to happen. It is a difficult decision for both parties, however, both Aaron and the club believe it is in their best interests for this to happen now. What it does allow is for Aaron to join his new club before the upcoming deadline and for the Bulldogs to be able to start to plan for the future with additional cap space. It has been well documented that we have had very little flexibility with our cap going forward and this will now allow us to look to the future with increased flexibility around our options.
We wish Aaron all the very best for the future."