Cronulla Sharks release statement on coach Shane Flanagan following media reports

Hot water: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan. Picture: Chris Lane
Hot water: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan. Picture: Chris Lane

The Cronulla Sharks said they would continue to fully cooperate with the NRL Integrity Unit following media reports surrounding coach Shane Flanagan.

The Sharks released a statement on Wednesday.

It has been reported Flanagan is facing allegations of contacting Sharks officials about player recruitment during his year-long suspension in 2014 for his role in the peptides scandal.

He is also said to be under heavy scrutiny for salary cap discrepancies that have surfaced since he returned to the club.

“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,” Cronulla’s statement said.

“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 the Sharks Head Coach, he is contracted to the Club for 2019 and he will remain in his role as Head Coach.”

Sharks Football Club CEO Barry Russell will address the media on Wednesday afternoon.