Young Sharks half Kyle Flanagan is set to be sidelined for the opening rounds of the 2018 season after breaking his thumb in the trial match with Manly.

Flanagan sustained the injury not long after taking the field but showed plenty of toughness to continue despite the injury.

Sharks Physical Performance Manager Andrew Gray and his medical staff were hoping for the best but explained that x-rays have confirmed their worst fears.

“It occurred early in the game and at the time we were hoping it was something minor,” Gray said.

“Kyle is now in a splint and with a likely timeframe on his return being in round three or four.

“While there will be things he can’t do, being young it gives our physical performance staff an opportunity to put more work into other facets of his physical development.”


  1. I just wonder how long it will be until Kyle Flanagan takes over the number seven in first grade at the Sharks? There were reports that Cronulla wanted to offload Townsend , when trying to buy Moylan.
    If Townsend & Moylan are not as good a combination in the halves as Cronulla would like, it may be sooner than we think?
    About another player at the Sharks. Not so very long ago , the Sharks were desperate to get Segeyaro back from England to play for them. I think he may well be down to three in the hooker pecking order there now. If not, he will be sooner rather than later!
    Cronulla will be hoping not to lose either Brailey brother to a rival club. They are both very good players.
    Maybe the Roosters will come knocking? Aren’t they seeking a good back up hooker? Segeyaro may be a good fit there? Or , they’d love to steal one of the Brailey brothers . Perhaps if Blayke can’t squeeze onto the first grade bench soon?

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