MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan watches his team warm up during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Shane Flanagan is set to be banned from the NRL indefinitely.

The Sharks coach and officials from the club have been asked to attend a meeting at League Central where Flanagan’s fate will be learned.

If banned, Cronulla would be left without a coach with less than three months until the beginning of the 2019 season.

The decision will come following the discovery of texts between Flanagan and the Sharks during his 12-month ban in 2014.

Following the peptides scandal, Flanagan returned to the Sharks and led them to a grand final win over the Storm in 2016.

The indefinite nature of the ban will mean that Flanagan will need to prove that he is a ‘fit and proper’ person in order to coach in the NRL again.

Should Flanagan choose to appeal the sanction he would remain banned from Cronulla training and games until the completion of the process.


  1. I hate Cronulla but this is a bit over the top for mind.
    Unless the content of the texts is damaging I would say sit him for 6 months then take this step if he repeat offends. I would prefer this action to be awarded to any domestic abusers/sex offenders/coward punchers if found guilty.
    Cmon NRL get it right.

    • Correct. What exactly is a ‘fit and proper’ person in the NRL anyway? The NRL has people who have bashed women, sexually assaulted women, snorted coke on camera, drove while under the influence etc. Dragons coach Paul McGregor was found guilty of a criminal offence and received no ban at all, and Flannigan is turfed out for sending some emails?

    • It is not his first offence though is it. He has already been banned for overseeing the use of banned substances in his players. He then deliberately went against the conditions attached to his ban by contacting the club. He is already a repeat offender and should be punished accordingly.

    • Already a repeat offender!
      Coach that was there during peptide ordeal
      Coach who oversaw salary cap payments that were self reported
      Third strike, kick the cheat to the curb with his lapdog Gallen.

    • Rules are rules guys, doesn’t matter what everyone else did, he knew the consequences and thumbed his nose at the league. Hopefully this ban is permanent. The arrogance of this idiot is amazing.

  2. Indefinitely? he should be banned for life! and the NRL should enforce the 400k fine which was generously previously suspended,
    as he breached the condition of making no contact with the club , cop ya medicine Flanno! and SJ , you should have known better to sign with the sharks LOL

  3. Agreed, i dont think this even justifies a further suspension, They should be fined the 400K that was suspended and maybe an additional fine (possibly even a personal fine) for Flanagan violating the terms of his suspension, Anything more is over the top.

  4. Wonderful, the ban should have been for 10 to life in the first place. There were strict conditions about him having nothing to to with Cronulla whilst suspended and like Trump, thought he is a law unto himself. Now he should get a permanent ban. Love the serial apologists for every ratbag around. If he was a pedophile you clowns would still say he was innocent and unfairly treated

  5. Flanagan has blatantly showed a complete disregard for the authority of the governing body by directly breaching his mandate to not contact the club whilst banned. It is pretty simple really. The NRL must be strong here and show that this will not be tolerated.

    As for comparing it to other cases with lesser suspensions/punishments. Yes, the NRL needs to be more consistent in iots punishments, but that does not mean that they should be lenient in this case.

  6. Agree with Daffy 100% got off extremely lightly from the peptides scandal and he new the conditions of his suspension
    But his sheer arrogance and lack of respect to the NRL he thought he was above the law and guidelines of the game
    The Sharks should be relocated to PERTH because as long as they are in the shire problems will always arise

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