Cronulla have re-signed suspended coach Shane Flanagan to a new three-year NRL contract that will keep him at the Sharks until the end of 2017.
Flanagan is currently serving a one-year ban over governance issues surrounding the club’s controversial 2011 supplements program, with assistant Peter Sharp filling in as interim head coach.
Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce said on Wednesday Flanagan was the right man to lead the club forward.
“It is an important signing for the club as Shane will play a pivotal role in the development of the football operations and in the delivery of sustained and continued success at the Sharks, both on and off the field,” Noyce said in a statement.
“Last year Shane’s leadership, focus and work ethic played a significant role in the success the team achieved throughout what was a very difficult season.”
Sharks skipper Paul Gallen welcomed the news.
“Flanno is respected by all the players and staff. He is the leader of our club,” Gallen said.
The Sharks say Flanagan is working with the NRL to meet the requirements accompanying his ban and ensure he can recommence his duties as head coach for the 2015 season.
The Sharks are winless in 2014 and face the Warriors in round five at Remondis Stadium on Saturday.