Cronulla Sharks keen on Brian McDermott

Cronulla want Brian McDermott to be their new assistant coach but travel restrictions could prevent the move, per The Australian Daily Telegraph.

Head coach John Morris is eager to add some experience to the Sharks’ staff after an inconsistent season in the NRL – and McDermott is his first choice.

However, uncertainty in the boarders could make it almost impossible for the ex-Bradford player to get into Australia for the start of Cronulla’s pre-season.

A decision has yet to made but reports suggest Morris could turn elsewhere unless the route to McDermott’s arrival becomes clearer in the coming days.

McDermott is still the head coach of Toronto Wolfpack, however the Canadian club face an uncertain future after they withdrew from the 2020 Super League season due to financial problems.

The Wolfpack submitted their final proposal to the RFL and Super League earlier this week as they bid to be readmitted into the competition for the start of next season.

But no decision is expected for a few weeks and McDermott, like many of Toronto’s players, could be signed elsewhere by the time the club’s future is secured.

McDermott signed a five-year contract extension with the Wolfpack 12 months ago after leading them to Super League – losing just one match in their promotion-winning season.

He previously coached at Harlequins before landing the top job at Super League heavyweights Leeds Rhinos ahead of the 2011 campaign.

In his eight years at the Rhinos, McDermott guided the club to eight major trophies, including four Super League titles and the treble, before he was sacked midway through the 2018 season.

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