The New Zealand Warriors have made a shock play for the Cronulla Sharks' Shane Flanagan to take over as head coach next season.
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.