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Canterbury Bulldogs, Kyle Flanagan impress hooker after being dropped at NSW Cup, Cameron Ciraldo, Phil Gould comments

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Disadvantaged half-back Kyle Flanagan may have found himself a new position as the Bulldogs beat the Dragons 22-12 in the NSW Cup on Sunday.

The playmaker was chosen as a hooker for the team and impressed two very important spectators in coach Cameron Ciraldo and Phil Gould.

Following his side’s win over St George Illawarra, Ciraldo was asked about Flanagan’s future amid reports he was set to move immediately to Manly.

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“I don’t know anything about it and Kyle called me right away and his phone was also ringing and he just wanted to reassure me that there was nothing in it,” he said during the conference call. post-match press.

Gould, Canterbury’s footballing chief executive, praised Flanagan’s hooking role.

“Watching Kyle play the NSW Cup here in Wollongong right now,” he wrote on Twitter.

“He plays hooker and looks completely comfortable in that role.

“Good quality spare set.

“Despite the players’ exhaustion from injury, our boys are competing well.”

Ciraldo was also pleased with Flanagan’s impact on the game.

“Kyle had a tough week and (it was) a tough decision not to make the squad. We played him at the NSW Cup hooker today and I thought he was exceptional,” did he declare.

“He’s been really good all week, he’s taken it on the chin. There’s a lot of expectation on Kyle and gets a lot of attention, but he showed up to practice with the right attitude and took a new position. I thought he played really well today.”

Reports that Flanagan immediately moved to Manly surfaced on Saturday night, forcing Sea Eagles coach Anthony Seibold to answer after his team’s unexpected 26-10 loss to the Titans.

“I’m not going to speculate on that,” Seibold said after the game.

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“One thing I will say is that we have a place to fill. We have signed 29 players and we will fill it before June 30.

“What we’re doing right now is getting a good overview of the position we need to fill.”

Seibold said the club would most likely look to target a player like prop Aaron Woods, who came from the Dragons.

“We had 28 players, we brought in Woodsy to play a role, so we’ll be looking for what we need. We’re short on outside backs, we can potentially add to our halves as well, so we’ll have those conversations during the week, but we certainly haven’t signed Kyle Flanagan if that’s speculation.”

Flanagan’s potential move to Manly would reunite him with his Sea Eagles assistant coach father Shane.

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