Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan talks to the media after being reinstated as head coach of the NRL club in Sydney, Friday, March 22, 2013. Flanagan was stood down as head coach after the club was the subject of an ASADA investigation.
Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan talks to the media after being reinstated as head coach of the NRL club in Sydney, Friday, March 22, 2013. Flanagan was stood down as head coach after the club was the subject of an ASADA investigation. AAP Image - Jane Dempster

NRL to circle after catching Flanagan out

OFFICIALS from the game's governing body are seeking an explanation from Cronulla, after stood-down coach Shane Flanagan was seen watching the Sharks v Tigers NRL trial at Remondis Stadium on Saturday night.

The Sharks lost 28-22, but of equal concern was the sight of Flanagan watching on from a sponsor's corporate box.

In December, Flanagan was banned from attending games following ASADA's investigations into the club's possible use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The NRL said in a statement yesterday that it would be "seeking an explanation from Cronulla Sharks and Shane Flanagan to understand the circumstances" of his attendance.

"Chief operating officer Jim Doyle confirmed today that the NRL will write to both parties to seek a written explanation," it stated.

Flanagan's son, Kyle, had earlier played in the club's Harold Matthews team.


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