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Cronulla Sharks drug boss fighting to clear his name

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Flanagan will fight until the end
Flanagan will fight until the end .

Cronulla Sharks banned head coach Shane Flanagan has explained that he will never give up the flight to clear his name.

The NRL club have been embroiled in a supplement scandal for some time now that stems from 2011, and the Sharks have failed to recover as a club since then.

The governing body has held up its original 12 month suspension for Flanagan that was handed out last December, and the club will be fined $1 million as a result of the findings.

But despite this Flanagan still remains fully focused on overturning what he sees as a grave injustice against him.

All parties concerned can contest the findings of the governing body at an NRL Appeals Tribunal, and it seems like that's what the suspended coach will do.

''I resolutely assert my innocence of any wrongdoing whatsoever,'' Flanagan told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''I will wait until David Smith hands down his reasons tomorrow then I will consult my lawyers for advice before I decide what to do next.

''One thing is for sure, I am going to fight this decision until I am exonerated and my reputation is totally restored. I followed the practice that has been historically followed by the Sharks, that is I was not involved, consulted or responsible for supplements in 2011 or at any other time."

The Sharks head into the new NRL season in high hopes of finding success and the end of this drug infested tunnel.


They could surprise some teams if they keep Todd Carney fit in the halves and their pack dominates more than it did in 2013.

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