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Cronulla have released a statement surrounding the recent news regarding head coach Shane Flanagan.

On Wednesday morning, news surfaced that Flanagan made contact with his players during his 2014 year-long ban, despite rules stating he was to leave his players alone during those 12 months.

The Sharks have released the following statement, and have stood behind Flanagan.

The full statement can be seen below.

In response to media reports this morning, the Sharks will continue to fully cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit to bring the relevant matters before them to a conclusion.

After self-reporting a salary cap indiscretion to the Integrity Unit, further issues relating to the 2014 season have been uncovered and have come under investigation.

The NRL Integrity Unit has informed the Club the investigation into the 2014 matter will be finalised prior to Christmas, while the salary cap investigation is unlikely to reach a conclusion until the New Year.

Shane Flanagan is our Head Coach, he is contracted to the Club for 2019 and he will remain in his role as Head Coach.

CEO Barry Russell will be fronting the Media at 2pm today.

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