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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

How Sharks plan to fill gap left by Holmes


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Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has revealed that the player to fill the void left by Valentine Holmes may be right under his nose. 

Flanagan was still reeling from the sudden departure of Holmes, who this week announced his decision to abruptly leave the club to pursue a career in the NFL. 

The coach said he was 'disappointed' in Holmes' decision and could 'understand' why Sharks skipper Paul Gallen called for a ban for players who exit their contracts early to play in other sports.

"I really understand Gal in those sort of areas. He's always going to speak his mind and [that's] how passionate he is," Flanagan told Nine News.

"From my persective you lose players through injury, you lose players that go to other clubs, the timing thing is probably the most disappointing thing for me. 

"But in the end we'll get on with it, there'll be a young kid that will come in."

Gallen calls for Holmes NRL ban

Speaking to Nine News' Danny Weidler, Flanagan said there emerges an opportunity for none other than his son Kyle to be that young kid to step up.

"He's ready. He played a game last year and the coaching staff were sort of pushing me to play him a bit earlier, then we did, and he performed well in that game and I was really pleased with the way he played," Flanagan said.

Flanagan's son could have an opportunity in the halves if Matt Moylan was to move back to fullback.

"He's had a really good off-season. He's had some rest, put on a bit of size and he'll train really hard in the off-season," the Sharks coach said.

"He'll get an opportunity to train with Chad Townsend because Matt Moylan has had surgery."

When asked if he was worried about the prospect of coaching his own son - a similar situation facing Ivan and Nathan Cleary at the Panthers - Flanagan said he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I look forward to the challenge and I think Ivan is the same," he said.

"If you had your young bloke play first grade and you're a first grade coach, you'd rather he be with you than against you."

Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has revealed that the player to fill the void left by Valentine Holmes may be right under his nose. 

Flanagan was still reeling from the sudden departure of Holmes, who this week announced his decision to abruptly leave the club to pursue a career in the NFL. 

The coach said he was 'disappointed' in Holmes' decision and could 'understand' why Sharks skipper Paul Gallen called for a ban for players who exit their contracts early to play in other sports.

"I really understand Gal in those sort of areas. He's always going to speak his mind and [that's] how passionate he is," Flanagan told Nine News.

"From my persective you lose players through injury, you lose players that go to other clubs, the timing thing is probably the most disappointing thing for me. 

"But in the end we'll get on with it, there'll be a young kid that will come in."

Gallen calls for Holmes NRL ban

Speaking to Nine News' Danny Weidler, Flanagan said there emerges an opportunity for none other than his son Kyle to be that young kid to step up.

"He's ready. He played a game last year and the coaching staff were sort of pushing me to play him a bit earlier, then we did, and he performed well in that game and I was really pleased with the way he played," Flanagan said.

Flanagan's son could have an opportunity in the halves if Matt Moylan was to move back to fullback.

"He's had a really good off-season. He's had some rest, put on a bit of size and he'll train really hard in the off-season," the Sharks coach said.

"He'll get an opportunity to train with Chad Townsend because Matt Moylan has had surgery."

When asked if he was worried about the prospect of coaching his own son - a similar situation facing Ivan and Nathan Cleary at the Panthers - Flanagan said he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I look forward to the challenge and I think Ivan is the same," he said.

"If you had your young bloke play first grade and you're a first grade coach, you'd rather he be with you than against you."

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