Shane Flanagan
Re-signed in the Shire

The coaching merry-go-round will miss Cronulla this year, with rookie coach Shane Flanagan scoring a contract extension before the Sharks have kicked a ball in anger.

In a major boost to the club ahead of their opening round match against the Canberra Raiders in the national capital today, Flanagan has signed on for next season.

He originally accepted a one-year deal when he took over from Ricky Stuart, who quit the Cronulla Sharks with six weeks remaining last season.

Despite winning only two of those six matches, the Sharks board believes it saw enough in the NSW assistant during the off-season to extend his tenure despite the fact there could be as many as seven coaches off contract this year.

“I see it as a privilege to coach the Cronulla Sharks and I’m glad the board have shown some faith in me,” Flanagan said. “It will allow me and the entire coaching staff to not only work with a clear focus this season, but plan for 2012 as well.”

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