Young half back Kyle Flanagan debuted for the Sharks in 2018 in round 24 against the Knights and despite being just 19 at the time, handled the step up to the top grade with the maturity of a seasoned veteran.
He easily put aside the pressure of that first game in top company, just like he takes in his stride the added expectations placed upon him as the head coach's son.
A local product, Flanagan has been a success through the grades, from club football where his Aquinas team were untouchable for over a decade, to junior reps and a state and national title with the SG Ball squad in 2015, to breaking records for point scoring with the Sharks NYC under 20's in 2017.
Last year, along with his much-anticipated NRL debut, Flanagan led the Newtown Jets into the Intrust Super Premiership Grand Final and was skipper of the NSW Residents team in their annual clash with Queensland, while also representing the Blues in the 20's Origin game.
Added to that, in the last week Brad Fittler and NSW selectors showed their cards as well, with Flanagan named amongst more experienced NRL campaigners in an Emerging Blues squad, an indication that they too envisage a big future for the 20-year-old half.
With a fullback spot to fill and exactly where Matt Moylan might fit into the Sharks team in 2019 yet to be determined, it could be Flanagan's time to shine and to consolidate his place in the Cronulla team next season.
In continuing the 'Under the Surface' series, Sharks Media talks to Flanagan, as we delve a little deeper in getting to know your 2019 Sharks NRL squad.
Born – September 15, 1998, Sydney
Position – Half back
Height – 185cm
Weight – 90kgs
NRL games – 1 NRL games for the Sharks - 1