Sport Flanagan admits Sharks have missed Maloney

21:56  16 april  2018
21:56  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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Sharks coach Shane Flanagan and James Maloney celebrate the 2016 premiership.Source: News Corp Australia. Maloney admits the sudden swap deal surprised him. The entire circus played out while he was concentrating on the World Cup with Australia.

Flanagan admitted the Maloney rumours may have developed after their failed attempt to bring Josh Reynolds to the club - but stressed it wasn't in The Sharks will aim to make it four wins in five games when they take on Reynolds' future side in the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night.

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The Panthers have been the undisputed winners of the Maloney-Matt Moylan switch, with Penrith sitting pretty in second and Cronulla struggling at 13th.

Maloney has set up four tries and set up one of his own in the past three weeks since Nathan Cleary went down with a knee injury, helping the Panthers to their best start in 19 years.

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Because how the Sharks crave a mind-managed Maloney now. More specifically Maloney . On whether a fire still burns in Maloney against a club that let him go and then openly admitted they shouldn't have , Flanagan said: "I hope so.

CRONULLA coach Shane Flanagan has opened up on his relationship with grand final winner James Maloney , and explained why it may have broken down. Maloney revealed to Fox League’s League Life program a fortnight ago he and Flanagan had not spoken since the high-profile swap deal with Matt

"We're definitely missing his football ability," Flanagan told Fox League's NRL 360.

"His ability to read a game and put his back-rowers into good positions to carry the football. His vision, his temperament. Nothing seems to faze him or worry him.

"I watched that game closely on the weekend and he just ran the show. With Cleary out he's stepped up again and taken that role upon him and is doing a good job. We do miss him."

Regardless, Flanagan maintained the Sharks had little choice but to release Maloney as part of the swap with Moylan last year with a season still to run on his contract.

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Maloney had one year to run on his deal with the Sharks , however Moylan had another four at Penrith. Late Mail Thursday: Moylan to miss Storm match. 1 hour ago. Flanagan admits Sharks will target Croft.

Flanagan talks up Sharks trio for NSW. Doesn't miss any tackles," Flanagan said on Friday. "He's competitive, he's made for the type of footy, and the pressure won't get to him. Flanagan said Maloney was a game-winner.

Maloney, who is the only half in history to take three separate sides to grand finals, pushed long and hard for a contract upgrade and extension at Cronulla.

"I had a side after the 2016 grand final and I'm sure they all wanted a pay rise but we just couldn't do it and that's what the salary cap does to teams," Flanagan said.

Moylan, meanwhile, has struggled to fit in at Cronulla.

Having missed two weeks through injury, Moylan's four games to start the season have been split between five-eighth and fullback.

The Sharks' attack looked far better with Moylan in the No.1 jersey and Trent Hodkinson at No.6 against St George Illawarra on Friday night, although Moylan endured a tough night in defence.

But Flanagan indicated Josh Dugan - one of three men to have played fullback this year - could move back to the custodian role once he fully recovers from a groin injury.

"What position is best for them you will probably see in the next week or two," Flanagan said.

"The best place for (Dugan) on the weekend was right centre, he's had a groin injury and we wanted to take the running load away from him ... but that could change in the weeks to come."

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