Flanagan takes the early guilty plea

Sharks youngster Kyle Flanagan has accepted the early guilty plea on a grade one dangerous contact charge, stemming from an incident in the 58th minute of the game against the Broncos at PointsBet Stadium on Sunday.

Flanagan was deemed to have made dangerous contact with the head/neck of an opponent, that being with Brisbane forward Matt Lodge in a skirmish underneath the uprights midway through the second half.  

The charge attracted 75 points for an early guilty plea, points which now carry over and will be added to any subsequent charges.

Should Flanagan have challenged the match review committee charge and failed to have it overturned by a judiciary, the 100 point penalty would have seen him miss one game.

The incident occurred not long after Flanagan had been injected into the game where he came on and played in the dummy half role in place of hooker Jayden Brailey.

Lodge escaped a charge for his involvement and retaliation.

The Sharks today informed the NRL of their intention to accept the charge.