Sport Flanagan admits Sharks have missed Maloney

21:56  16 april  2018
21:56  16 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits his team is missing James Maloney ahead of the star playmaker's return match for Penrith against the Sharks this weekend. The Panthers have been the undisputed winners of the Maloney -Matt Moylan switch

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits his team is missing James Maloney ahead of the star playmaker's return match for Penrith against the Sharks this weekend.

Penrith have been the clear winners of the James Maloney-Matt Moylan swap, and Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits he is missing his former five-eighth.© AAP Image/Michael Chambers Penrith have been the clear winners of the James Maloney-Matt Moylan swap, and Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits he is missing his former five-eighth. Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits his team is missing James Maloney ahead of the star playmaker's return match for Penrith against the Sharks this weekend.

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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away from him .. Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits his team is missing James Maloney ahead of the star playmaker's return match for Penrith against the Sharks this weekend.

'Vanderpump Rules' Stars Praise Katie Maloney 's Self-Image After Freak Accident Left Her Scarred. Flanagan admits Sharks have missed Maloney . Flanagan admits Sharks have missed Maloney .

"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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Cronulla's James Maloney is one of the Sharks ’ Origin quintet.Picture: News Corp Australia, Brett Costello. In a candid interview ahead of today’s Central Coast blockbuster against the Roosters, Flanagan admitted he had failed to manage his quintet of Origin stars since NSW and Queensland

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has admitted that his struggling club are missing the services of James Maloney . Maloney played under Flanagan at the Sharkies for two seasons in 2016 and 2017 Maloney will line-up against his former club in round seven at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

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."

Cronulla Sharks forward Andrew Fifita says he was 'scared to take the field' with his injured knee .
Stand-in Cronulla captain Andrew Fifita says he was "scared to take the field" in Cronulla's 26-22 victory over Penrith at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday. Fifita feared his season was over after suffering a knee injury in the Sharks' loss to the Dragons last week, with initial concerns it could have been his anterior cruciate ligament.But scans cleared him of serious damage, however there was some swelling on his knee and also bone bruising.Fifita was frank in the post-game press conference.© Andrew Fifita Andrew Fifita “To be honest I was fearing myself this morning," he said.

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