Unsigned on the finish of the 12 months, Morris has bought the perfect out of a facet that has handled accidents to key gamers and has fielded practically a dozen rookies.
The 40-year-old coach was given an enormous rap by one celebrity playmaker, with Shaun Johnson – who led the league in attempt assists in 2020 – telling the Herald in latest weeks: “I genuinely consider I don’t play the footy I did final season with out ‘Bomber’.”
Prized recruit Cameron McInnes additionally singled out Morris for particular reward after he took up a four-year deal on the membership from 2022, admitting “he is aware of what it’s prefer to be a participant and to be on the prime degree for thus lengthy so I’m trying ahead to working with him”.
Cronulla chief government Dino Mezzatesta has already gone on report claiming there isn’t any deadline or quota of video games Morris must win firstly of the 12 months to maintain his job. He added Morris “is in the current role and he’s in the box seat [to keep it]”.
Morris has made a degree of directing all inquiries about his future to the membership’s hierarchy, and didn’t change his tune in gentle of the hypothesis involving his predecessor.
“I’m solely centered on the 12 months forward and constructing on the final two years of enjoying finals soccer,” Morris stated.
“We’ve had 11 rookies debut throughout that point, they’ll all be higher for the expertise they’ve gained, and after the pre-season we’ve had I’ve bought no doubts we will play finals soccer once more in 2021.”
Johnson was blissful to rap Morris and stated: “The one factor I’ve actually appreciated since being in Cronulla and on the Sharks is my relationship with ‘Bomber’ [Morris].
“It’s simply that private relationship. He’s a coach who asks how the whole lot else goes off the sector earlier than he asks the way you’re occurring the sector.
“He checks in to see if I would like something outdoors this place. To me, not having any household right here, I can’t put into phrases how that a lot means to me.
“He’s only a nice particular person and makes it straightforward for me to stroll by these gates and wish to carry out effectively for him.
“I do know there are a selection of boys who would say the very same factor about him.″
Flanagan took Cronulla to their solely premiership victory in 2016.
He served as an assistant at St George Illawarra final season earlier than parting methods with the membership as soon as Anthony Griffin got here on board.
Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo has additionally been linked to the job, as has Sydney Roosters deputy Craig Fitzgibbon.
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Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.