St George Illawarra Dragons appoint Shane Flanagan to fix defensive frailties


Shane Flanagan has been tasked with stiffening up a St George Illawarra side that leaked the second most points in the competition last season after joining the club as its defensive coach.

Flanagan will join the Red V as an assistant to Paul McGregor before the players return for pre-season duty from annual leave. The NRL has cleared the premiership-winning coach to return to the game but won’t be eligible for a head coaching role before 2022 after breaching the terms of his 2014 suspension.

Shane Flanagan has been given an opportunity to work in the NRL again.Credit:AAP

The Dragons leaked 575 points last season, the worst defence in the league aside from the Titans (651). Flanagan will be responsible for plugging the defensive leaks as the side attempts to return to finals football in 2020.

The club could make an official announcement as soon as next week.



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