Defiant Shane Flanagan vows return to Sharks

Last updated 03:09 24/08/2014
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SHANE FLANAGAN: "I had nothing to do with the supplement program. My mistake was trusting other people in our high performance unit."

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Shane Flanagan says he will be back at work next month to oversee the rebuilding of the Cronulla Sharks from the ASADA scandal.

Breaking his silence since suspensions were handed down on Friday to 17 of the club's 2011 players, Flanagan dismissed suggestions he should be banned for life, News Corp Australia reports.

"I had nothing to do with the supplement program," he said. "My mistake was trusting other people in our high performance unit," he said.

"I don't care what anyone says, when I found out about it I stopped it straight away and got rid of the person responsible (Stephen Dank).

"I was a first-year coach and didn't run the high performance part. I should have supervised them but there's only 24 hours in a day."

Flanagan said the players knew he had nothing to do with the supplements programs.

"That's why I've still got their support. We all know who was responsible."

Flanagan is due to return to work on September 17, having served his NRL imposed suspension and undergone the mandatory courses that were part of his penalty.

"I'm going back to work next month and we've got a lot to do. The other boys will be back in November and hopefully we'll all move forward."

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