So why did Lewis walk from club?
NEWS that Luke Lewis has signed to play with their team for the next four years has understandably made Cronulla supporters as excited as kids in a lolly shop.
Their spirit will be further buoyed by the fact that with the NRL finals approaching, four of the Sharks' opponents in their six-game run home sit below them on the ladder.
And despite yesterday's shock loss, they remain a chance of finishing top four, assuring them of two bites at the finals cherry.
Shane Flanagan has done an outstanding job in his three seasons as Cronulla coach and has a Craig Bellamy-like ability to prise the best from players who, in many cases, were cast offs from other clubs.
And no doubt Lewis, a current Test and Origin player, will add to their potency.
But without wanting to be a killjoy, I keep asking myself why Lewis was so keen to leave his junior club with still a year to run on his contract?
My other query is why the Sharks would sign a player who had just walked out on his existing contract, to a four-year term.
Whatever we might think of Phil Gould, the boss at Penrith, he is no dill.
I am not alone in my opinion that his is one of the sharpest minds in our game.
And while Ivan Cleary has not yet found success at the Panthers, his record at the Warriors indicates he is a long-term proposition.
In his six years in Auckland he converted a talent-oozing club from also-rans to grand finalists.
So why did Lewis walk out, particularly when his love of the Panthers was so profound?
Did he not agree with the disciplinary measures Cleary was taking and feel insecure in that changed environment?
Or was he indeed filthy he was relieved of the captaincy during the Origin series, something he denies?
Obviously that 'love' of the Panthers about which Lewis speaks, has abated.
That could be the only explanation for the 200-plus NRL game player parading himself in front of the media at Cronulla headquarters last week while still contracted to the Panthers.
And the waters were further muddied when he was a late withdrawal yesterday, citing a neck injury.
It is the second time this season he has pulled the pin on the morning of a match.
For the sake of the Sharks, who have been waiting 45 years for their first premiership, it can only be hoped that Lewis finds the solace he is seeking at Cronulla, and helps win the premiership the fans so badly want.