2018 Player Review - Kyle Flanagan

Young Sharks playmaker Kyle Flanagan had another year to remember in 2018, making his NRL debut and producing a performance that showed us all why he'll play plenty more games in the top grade.

In 2017 Kyle Flanagan impressed many, with his 20 tries and 140 goals smashing the single season NYC point scoring record.

While still having a year of eligibility in the Under 20's in 2018, Flanagan trained throughout the off-season with the NRL squad and never looked to be out of place.

When Round 24 arrived on the Sharks training schedule, Kyle probably thought his chances of a first grade debut in 2018 were gone, but that wasn't to be the case.

Sharks five-eighth Matt Moylan would be forced to sit out a week with a minor hamstring complaint, handing the 19-year old his NRL debut.

After the match Kyle told NRL.com of how he was focused on getting involved early but not overplaying his hand and letting senior half Chad Townsend run the team.

He certainly got involved early, clocking Shaun Kenny-Dowall high with a swinging arm just one minute into the game. As the game went on, he grew increasingly comfortable making his tackles, kicking well and sticking to the structures.

Flanagan has kicked serious goals in the last couple of years; he broke the points record in the NYC competition, captained the NSW Residents, captained the NSW Under-20s and steered the Newtown Jets to an Intrust Super Premiership Grand Final after being named halfback in the ISP Team of the Year.

He also took out the 'Best Back' and 'Leading Points Scorer' at the Jets end of season awards.

Add to that impressive list his selection for the Junior Kangaroos and the future certainly looks bright for the Sharks.

 

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Photo of the Year

A moment Kyle is sure to never forget.

Sitting in the sheds waiting to receive his first NRL jersey.

 

2019 - What's ahead

Kyle will be back on deck in November to undertake yet another gruelling pre-season with the NRL squad, ready and willing if he's called upon for more game time in 2019.