The NRL has announced they have lifted the suspension of Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan effective immediately.

NRL statement on Shane Flanagan

The NRL today announced that it has lifted the suspension of Cronulla Sharks Head Coach Shane Flanagan.

He is free to resume coaching duties at the club immediately.

Head of Integrity, Nick Weeks said Mr Flanagan had satisfied all the conditions required to have his suspension lifted.

These included the completion of a range of training courses and demonstrating he understands the obligations of an NRL head coach.

“The NRL has been impressed with Mr Flanagan’s commitment to meeting the conditions set down for his return,” Mr Weeks said.

“Consequently his suspension is lifted and he can return to coaching duties at any time.”

Mr Flanagan said he was now better equipped and more capable of fulfilling his duties as Head Coach than ever before.

“I have a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a head coach,” he said.

“That role goes beyond player skills, tactics and game plans – I have a proactive duty to protect the welfare of players and staff and ensure we meet our governance and compliance obligations.

“I now intend to focus on the future and demonstrate that I am the right person to lead the cultural change at the Sharks.

“I am committed to restoring the reputation of the Sharks as a club that everybody in the game can be proud of.”