Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has weighed in on the speculation surrounding his playmaker stocks at Cronulla, saying James Maloney’s job is safe, while refusing to rule out making a play for Cooper Cronk.
The defending premiers have been strongly linked to Cronk, who is moving to Sydney after this season.
The Maroons and Kangaroos playmaker is yet to make a decision on his future, but speculation he could be playing for the Sharks has caused plenty of uncertainty around Maloney.
“There’s another 15 clubs that would like to have (Cronk),” Flanagan told media on Thursday.
“We’re no different. If he does become available and is going to live in Sydney, I’d like to think that we’d consider it.”
While very few coaches would deny the chance to buy Cronk, Flanagan moved to assure Maloney he still has a place at the club.
“As far as we’re concerned, he’s here for the rest of the year and we’ve chatted with Jimmy and his focus is on having a good last seven weeks and getting us into the semi-finals,” Flanagan said.
“Nothing will be decided before the end of the year.
“Jimmy’s got a contract here and if something happens over the next couple of weeks, we’ll talk about it, but we’re just concentrating on what we can control.
“In our minds, Jimmy’s here for this year and next year.”