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Flanagan to feature for Sharks in 2019

New Cronulla coach John Morris says Kyle Flanagan will feature heavily for the side this NRL season, despite the departure of his father Shane from the club.

Flanagan to feature for Sharks in 2019

New Cronulla coach John Morris says Kyle Flanagan will feature heavily for the side this NRL season, despite the departure of his father Shane from the club.

New Sharks Coach JOHN MORRIS arrives for a Cronulla Sharks NRL press conference at Sharks leagues Club in Sydney, Australia.
New Sharks Coach JOHN MORRIS arrives for a Cronulla Sharks NRL press conference at Sharks leagues Club in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images

The Flanagan name will play a key role at Cronulla in 2019 with new coach John Morris predicting Kyle, the son of deposed mentor Shane, to enjoy a breakout NRL season.

Five weeks after taking over from Flanagan senior following his deregistration, Morris said he could not be more impressed with Kyle, revealing he was pushing Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend for their starting halves spots.


Morris said rather than dwell on his family's plight, the 20-year-old not only returned to training day after his father was banned, he was the first one through door in the morning.

"I see Kyle pressing for a first grade spot," Morris said.

"He's been super impressive, he's been outstanding actually.

"The day after the news broke with Shane, and me holding that interim position, I could have expected that Kyle wasn't going to be at training with the media attention.

"But he was the first one there. He's a great kid."

Kyle debuted under his father last year, making just one appearance, in the side's round 24 win over Newcastle.

It was expected that his path to first grade would be blocked with the arrival of Johnson, however Morris said he was exhibiting the hunger and determination of a first grader.

"I said to Kyle you're going to have to these off-field things to deal with throughout your career and if you can learn to deal with this and still stay focused and still perform, you're going to be miles ahead of the other kids," M orris said.

"Unfortunately it's not a good distraction, it involves his family, but he's training the house down.

"I'm expecting a big year from Kyle."

Morris said he had received a congratulatory text from Shane on Thursday after he was appointed to take over from his former boss.

"I certainly acknowledge that it's hard period for his family that he's gone through," Morris said.

"I haven't spoken to Shane. He did (text), and I appreciated that."

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