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Shane Flanagan, the disgraced Cronulla Sharks' premier coach, will return to the NRL as an assistant coach in the 2020 season.
The NRL released a statement on Friday confirming that Flanagan can be approved as an assistant coach from 18 December 2019 for the 2020 and 2021 season.
Flanagan and every club that hires him must meet a number of NRL conditions. Flanagan can not become head coach again until these two years have passed.
"Today I met with the NRL and I respect and accept the approach they have taken," said Flanagan.
"I'm looking forward to returning to the coaching rank, first as an assistant coach and hopefully as a head coach again one day."
Todd Greenberg, CEO of NRL, said the decision was taken after a lengthy conversation with Flanagan.
"I talked to Shane for a long time and he has shown considerable remorse and responsibility for his past actions and the negative impact on the game," said Greenberg.
"We have created a way for Shane to return to the coaching ranks. Today's decision gives Shane the opportunity to be registered in the NRL.
"This is not a set-and-forget approach. Shane and every future club that hires him has many conditions to fulfill, and the Integrity Unit will continue to monitor his behavior over the next two seasons. "
In December last year, Flanagan was deregistered from coaching in the NRL when it turned out that he had not complied with the terms of his 2014 suspension.
On this occasion, Flanagan was excluded after his role in the supplement scandal of Cronulla Sharks 2011 for twelve months of coaching.
It was found that Flanagan had exchanged e-mails with the club and its football department throughout the period of his suspension, which contradicted the terms of his ban.
The Sharks were also fined $ 800,000.
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