Former Sharks coach joins St George

St George-Illawara Dragons have announced the appointment of former Cronulla Sharks Head Coach Shane Flanagan to their coaching staff.

Flanagan, who won the NRL title for the Sharks back in 2016, was de-registered as a coach indefinitely after failing to disclose messages sent between him and the club while serving a ban. He was banned for 12 months in 2013 for his role in s doping scandal at the club.

Earlier this year, he was cleared to return to rugby league, but only as an assistant coach. He is banned from being a Head Coach until 2022.

The Dragons said they had done their due diligence throughout the process, and the NRL have told the Dragons he can start in late December.

“Shane will be a valuable asset to the Dragons’ endeavours in 2020. His success has been proven time and time again over many years and we’re glad to have him on board,” coach Paul McGregor told the club website.

They have also confirmed the appointment of Matthew Head to their Canterbury Cup side.

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