Cronulla Sharks forward Wade Graham (pictured) says the club won’t be distracted by the upcoming Auckland Nines.

Going into the new season as NRL premiers is uncharted waters for the club after winning they won the 2016 premiership.

First Nations Wade Graham is considered a front rower to replace Paul Gallen as Sharks skipper in 2017 and he says, while the team has done little specific preparation for the pre season tournament, its something he and his teammates are looking forward to nonetheless.