Flanagan only recently agreed to a contract extension at Cronulla , but that hasn't stopped the Warriors from putting him on the top of their short-list. The Warriors are on the lookout for a replacement for Brian McClennan , who parted ways with the club two games before the 2012 campaign ended. It's understood club officials are piecing together a long-term offer that would dwarf the financial package Flanagan is on at the Sharks .
It's not the first time a team has tried to poach Flanagan this year - the Parramatta Eels also sounded him out before eventually settling on Ricky Stuart . Attempts to contact Flanagan last night were unsuccessful. He was one of the Dally M coach of the year nominees after lifting the Sharks into the play-offs through shrewd recruitment and man management.
Cronulla officials will be desperate to retain him. The latest development also has repercussions for Wests Tigers . Factions within the playing and administration staff want Tim Sheens to move on, but it's becoming clear that the Warriors, touted as a potential destination, are looking elsewhere.