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Sharks boss fails to quash exit rumours

Cronulla CEO Barry Russell has failed to quash rumours he will step down from the role after the completion of the investigation into the club's salary cap.

Sharks boss fails to quash exit rumours

Cronulla CEO Barry Russell has failed to quash rumours he will step down from the role after the completion of the investigation into the club's salary cap.

Cronulla CEO Barry Russell has failed to quash speculation he will walk away from the embattled NRL club after just a year in the job.

Russell has been the subject of persistent speculation that he will quit the role after seeing the Sharks through the current investigation into their salary cap.


Announcing John Morris' appointment as the club's head coach on Friday, Russell was tight-lipped on his future plans.

He gave a loose commitment to the club, however his response will leave many fans and supporters questioning for how long.

"I'm committed to this club. I'm the CEO now, I'll be the CEO in the future. End of story," Russell said as he dead-batted several questions about his future.

Russell took over from Lyle Gorman in early February last year.

Shortly after taking over, the former Sharks playmaker self-reported salary cap irregularities which are the subject of an NRL integrity unit investigation.

That decision ultimately led to Shane Flanagan's downfall and deregistration after the NRL found evidence he communicated with club officials via email in 2014 in contravention of his 12-month ban for his part in the club's peptides scandal.

Russell said he hoped the NRL's investigation will be finalised before the start of the pre-season in mid-March.

"I can't predict the outcome of that, there's still an on-going investigation," Russell said.

"I really don't want to speculate on that. Hopefully that will be wrapped up this month."

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