Flanno hints at Ennis replacement

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has refused to rule out making a play for unwanted Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah to replace retiring veteran Michael Ennis next season.

Flanagan threw up a number of contenders to fill the boots of Ennis over the summer, including forgotten utility Fa’amanu Brown, however all eyes are on the possibility of Farah making the switch to the Shire.

Just minutes after Ennis formally announced his end-of-season retirement on Tuesday, Flanagan played coy when asked whether the Sharks would be interested in the Tigers outcast.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” he told AAP.

However, given the club’s success in resurrecting Ennis’ career over the past two years, Sharks hierarchy are sure to flirt with the idea of repeating history with the incumbent NSW State of Origin rake.

Flanagan was far more open to anointing Brown, who has played just one game this year, as the team’s next No.9 ahead of Australian Schoolboy brothers Jayden and Blayke Brailey.

The club has also been linked to another Wests Tigers hooker in the off-contract Manaia Cherrington.

“We’ve got Nu Brown who we always thought was going to be a hooker,” Flanagan said.

“We’ve got last year’s Australian Schoolboy Jayden Brailey, and we’ve got the current Australian Schoolboy in his brother Blayke Brailey coming through.

“Those two aren’t ready yet, and they’re not going to be ready next year. But we’ve got a plan in place. It might have to be moved 12 months forward, but we’ll move on.”

League legend Peter Sterling is a fan of the Sharks bidding for Farah, especially if his current contract – he is believed to be owed close to $1 million next season – would be heavily subsidised by the Tigers.

“The more I think about it the more I think he’d be a pretty good fit there, dependant of course on what kind of money you’re going to get him for,” Sterling told Triple M’s Rush Hour.

“You’re kind of getting a like-for-like hooker. They’re both good out of dummy half, both got good vision, both can kick the football, so it would be quite a comfortable transition for Robbie Farah.”

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