The NRL have granted former Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan eligibility to register as an assistant coach at any of the 16 league clubs for the 2020 and 2021 seasons following a meeting with CEO Todd Greenberg on Friday, as reported by NRL.com.
While Flanagan’s registration does not include a guarantee a date for a return to a head coaching role, it does allow the ex-Sharks’ boss to work within the league’s coaching ranks as an assistant while following strict guidelines and conditions.
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After being found to be dealing with the Sharks in a coaching role whilst under suspension in 2014, Flanagan was de-registered by the NRL last year.
“Today I met with the NRL and I both respect and accept the course of action they have taken,” Flanagan said in a statement.
“I look forward to returning to the coaching ranks, firstly as an assistant coach and hopefully one day a head coach again.”
Greenberg revealed it was decision that came to terms after much deliberation.
“I have spoken to Shane at length and he has expressed significant remorse and accepted responsibility for his past actions and the detrimental impact they have had on the game,” he said.
“We have created a pathway for Shane to return to the coaching ranks. Today’s decision gives Shane an opportunity to be registered in the NRL.
“This is not a set and forget approach. Shane and any future club who employs him has numerous conditions which they must comply with and the Integrity Unit will continue to monitor his conduct over the next two seasons.”
Flanagan will be eligible to register for an assistant coaching role within the NRL from December 18.