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Luke Keary of Sydney Rooster and Kyle Flanagan of Sydney Rooster celebrate with the World Club Challenge trophy at the end of the match against Super League side St Helens

There has been so much talk around Kyle Flanagan lately.

It all started when he was dropped and replaced by former Hull FC star Josh Reynolds.

Following this, rumours started that Manly Sea Eagles were set to sign the halfback in a move pushed by his father Shane Flanagan.

These were shut down by Canterbury Bulldogs boss Cameron Ciraldo and Chief Phil Gould but they have persisted with Phil Rothfield claiming that Gould has shopped Flanagan round to Super League clubs since the start of 2023.

Now the reports are that the deal is on but only if the Bulldogs can get a player in return.

This comes from Paul Kent on NRL 360.

Flanagan could have be a Super League player right now.

There have always been rumours that Flanagan could move to Super League. The Canterbury Bulldogs halfback had been tipped to join Leeds Rhinos earlier this year.

This came when Leeds Chief Executive Gary Hetherington was in Australia looking for a new coach and it was reported he was considering a move for Flanagan and his father Shane who coached Cronulla Sharks to the NRL title in 2016.

This of course never happened with Hetherington appointing Rohan Smith instead.

Then there were rumours linking Flanagan to Hull FC after Josh Reynolds’ departure who is ironically back at the Bulldogs alongside Flanagan.

Again, this never happened. But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Flanagan had a move to a Super League club lined up but rejected the chance to move to England.

His advisor Wayne Beavis found Flanagan an English club according to the Herald but Flanagan back flipped on the move to stay at Canterbury in the hope he could cement the number seven shirt.

When this move was lined up remains unclear.

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