NRL-winning coach Shane Flanagan wants coaching return

Shane Flanagan, who was once touted as a target for the Leeds Rhinos Head Coach role, has outlined his desire to return to club coaching.

The former Cronulla Sharks boss has recently taken the reins of the Macedonian national set-up in a bid to spread his coaching influence far and wide.

Flanagan, who had once been touted as a target for the Leeds Rhinos as the West Yorkshire club looked to reshuffle their backroom staff, had been deregistered by the NRL in 2019 for breaching a previous sanction.

But, that hasn’t stopped the 56-year-old wanting to get back into it as he looks to replicate the success he brought to Cronulla Sharks winning their first Premiership in 2016 at the expense of dominant club down under Melbourne Storm.

“I do want to get back in coaching (at NRL level),” Flanagan said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“My time will come I guess, I just have to wait and see what happens

“I’m enjoying my time with Fox, I’m also doing a bit of radio and such.

“We’ll see what happens there, but it’s something that I enjoy and I’d love to win another competition, that’s my goal.

“In the next couple of years, I’ll probably get an opportunity and I’ll need to make the most of it.”

For Flanagan, however, his mind looks set on an NRL coaching job, despite previous reports linking him with a move to Super League.

The Daily Telegraph had previously reported that Flanagan had rejected a role at Headingley. With the Rhinos confirming their intention to move Richard Agar into the Director of Rugby role perhaps the opportunity has opened up again for Flanagan, however it seems he wishes to remain down under. Meanwhile, the Rhinos have revealed to Serious About Rugby League that Agar will take charge of the club in 2022 suggesting that they’re yet to identify the next man to take the reins at Headingley.

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