The writing on the wall for Kyle Flanagan’s departure was perhaps inevitable when the Cronulla Sharks signed Shaun Johnson, and it is the Sydney Roosters who have pounced.
Flanagan, who is the son of former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, was a highly rated and highly touted prospect.
Making a name for himself in first-grade, Sharks fans were hopeful he was the half to build around long-term.
Instead, the Roosters have come knocking and signed the talented half on a two-year deal.
Although he feels sad to have to leave the club, Flanagan simply chose the option that was best for his career.
“It is disappointing to leave my junior club but I feel that I am ready to play regular NRL,” Flanagan said.
“The club has been such a big part of my life and it is tough to leave.
“I will be doing everything I can to get back in the team and finish the year on a positive note.”
With the request coming from Flanagan himself, the club honoured that request but will be sad to see him go.
“We are always disappointed to see our home-grown talent move on, but in saying that we respect Kyle’s decision in requesting the release and wish him well in his future endeavours,” Sharks head coach John Morris said.
“He has proven his ability to play at an NRL level but obviously he thought his best opportunity to play in the NRL was elsewhere.”
With eight matches to his name so far, seven of which have come this season, Roosters CEO Joe Kelly says the club looks forward to having him on board.
“Kyle is a crafty playmaker and an exciting young talent, whose services we are delighted to have secured,” said Kelly.
“We look forward to welcoming Kyle to the Roosters and to watching his development over the coming seasons,” he added.