Flanagan signs on to fix the Dragons
THE worse-kept secret in the NRL has finally been made public.
Shane Flanagan's assistant coaching role at St George-Illawarra will be formally announced by the club on Wednesday.
The former premiership-winning coach of Cronulla will be charged with working alongside head coach Paul McGregor with a focus on fixing the second-worst defensive side of 2019.
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Only the Gold Coast leaked more points than the Dragons this year.
Flanagan's contract with the Red-V is for the 2020 season only.
However, under the terms of his return, Flanagan won't be allowed to attend Dragons training sessions until December 18 - which is seen as effectively a year-long suspension by the NRL.
The Dragons will also announce on Wednesday that Matt Head will remain on as head coach of the NSW Canterbury Cup side - despite suggestions he was moving on in 2020.