NRL Rd 16 - Roosters v Broncos
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Kyle Flanagan of the Roosters makes a break during the round 16 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at the Sydney Cricket Ground on August 28, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Paul Gallen has urged Cronulla to sign Kyle Flanagan as cover for Shaun Johnson who will miss the start of the 2021 season.

Flanagan was released by the Roosters and has been heavily linked to Canterbury.

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But Gallen believes the Sharks would be silly not to make an attempt to bring Flanagan back to the club he spent his junior career at.

“I love the club and if there was a chance to bring a 21-year-old who has shown he can handle the NRL, but also has plenty of upside in his development, then they’d be crazy not to consider it,’’ Gallen told David Riccio from The Daily Telegraph.

“The one thing I know about Kyle is, he‘s willing to work harder than the person next to him to become a better player.”

The Sharks have been linked to a number of playmakers including Benji Marshall, but a move for Flanagan would signal an intent to build for the future and the now.

Johnson could potentially miss the first 10 games of next season as he recovers from an Achilles injury, while Matt Moylan is dealing with chronic hamstring issues.

Flanagan made 20 appearances and scored four tries for the Roosters in 2020.

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