Newly appointed Dragons coach, Shane Flanagan, has not delayed in restructuring his team, with Kyle Flanagan being roped in on a two-year contract with St George Illawarra. This 24-year-old player, known for his stints with major NRL teams including the Sharks, Roosters, and Bulldogs, is now stepping away from the Canterbury roster after a tumultuous year marked by disruptions both on and off the field.
Following a lively year with 17 games under his belt, Flanagan, however, spent most of his time as a reserve player post his reintroduction into the team’s line-up in Round 16. Adding to the prowess of Dragons, his signing comes as a strategic move following playmaker Jayden Sullivan’s departure to the Wests Tigers. Compounding the uncertainty within the team, there remains no clear indication of skipper Ben Hunt’s plans, as speculation of his return to Queensland runs rife.
Ben Haran, the general manager of football for the Dragons, commented on this development, touching upon the significance of Kyle’s addition to the team. Haran lauded the player’s versatility citing his “competitive nature, vast experience, and profuse knowledge of the game” as major assets that would greatly contribute to enhancing the Dragons’ squad.
With an impressive track record of 79 first-grade games spanning positions such as halfback, five-eighth, and hooker, Flanagan undoubtedly brings a host of options to the table, promoting flexibility for the new coach. The Dragons eagerly await his arrival at the club this coming November.