Shane Flanagan has been officially cleared to return to rugby league and will join the coaching staff at the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Flanagan is allowed to return to the game after being de-registered as a coach for failing to adhere to the conditions of an earlier suspension.

The former Cronulla Sharks chief was suspended in 2013 for his role in the Sharks supplements scandal.

He returned to guide the Sharks to win the Grand Final in 2016, but in 2018 it was revealed that he had been in contact with officials at Cronulla during his initial suspension – something he was not allowed to do.

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In September this year, it was announced Flanagan could return to the sport and he will now assist head coach Paul McGregor in an assistant capacity.

McGregor told the club website: “Shane will be a valuable asset to the Dragons’ endeavours in 2020. His success has been proven time and time again over many years and we’re glad to have him on board.”

It has also been revealed that former player and ex-Hull FC star Mathew Head will return to the club as head coach of their Dragons Canterbury Cup NSW team.

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