Shane Flanagan will return to NRL head teaching subsequent yr after signing a three-year deal to turn into the St George Illawarra Dragons coach from 2024 onwards.
The Dragons confirmed on Wednesday night that the board had unanimously voted in favour of the 2016 premiership winner.
“We now have full religion in Shane’s skills as a coach and are wanting ahead to welcoming him again to the membership,” Dragons chairman Andrew Lancaster stated in a membership assertion.
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“Shane will add worth within the position of head coach given the membership’s deep, proficient and rising enjoying roster.
“Shane is well-regarded throughout the membership from his current roles right here, first as an assistant coach then as record administration advisor. The time he beforehand spent with the membership additionally provides him a excessive stage of familiarity with our gamers, programs and pathways.”
Flanagan had overtly campaigned for the position for months and was overjoyed on the alternative to teach the Dragons.
“There’s a implausible alternative on the Dragons to construct one thing actually particular over the subsequent few years,” he stated.
“Whereas the Sea Eagles will proceed to have my full focus for the remainder of this season, I can also’t wait to get began again on the Dragons on the finish of this season and work on returning the membership to the finals the place it belongs.”
The Dragons sacked Anthony Griffin from the chair final month.
Flanagan is at present assistant coach at Manly beneath Anthony Seibold, however beforehand labored on the Pink V. He additionally started his enjoying profession on the Dragons however performed solely three video games there in 1987.
He’ll turn into the membership’s fourth full-time head coach since Wayne Bennett led them to the 2010 premiership.
Flanagan, 57, coached Cronulla for 185 NRL video games between 2010 and 2018, however his tenure was marred by controversy.
In 2013 he was suspended by the NRL for 12 months for his position in an unlawful dietary supplements program through the 2011 season.
Then in 2018 – having already gained the title two years earlier – Flanagan was deregistered indefinitely for failing to stick to circumstances throughout his earlier suspension. The membership was additionally fined $800,000 after it was discovered Flanagan communicated with folks on the Sharks when he wasn’t alleged to.
Flanagan’s registration was reinstated in late 2019 and he joined the Dragons as an assistant to former coach Paul McGregor forward of the 2020 season.
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