Flanagan is certain that with the team at his disposal, they are more than capable of transforming themselves from a cellar-dweller team to a top team in the NRL.
After he was sworn in towards the end of the 2010 season following the departure of former Sharks coach Ricky Stuart, Flanagan had his first official pre-season training session with the team.
Flanagan says that the players are using the Roosters stunning transformation in 2010 as added impetus for them to achieve a similar feat in 2011.
“I wasn’t on the inside of what went on at the Roosters so it’s a bit hard to judge, but from the outside looking in we’ve taken a lot of hope from what the Roosters did that we can do similar this year,” he said. “Todd Carney is a classic example and I’ve spoken to Tim Smith about that as well.
“We’ve got to start believing and I think we can do it.”
The Sharks sought to rebuild their team over the past few years, and Flanagan believes that the club has now done that, and that the rebuilding phase has come to an end.
“I’ve told the players and I’m quite happy to say now we’ve got to make the eight next year,” he said.
“We’re not going to beat around the bush and that’s our goal.
“If we get anything better it’s great.”