Flana­gan fires back at Bennett’s Bird barbs

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

CRONULLA coach Shane Flana­gan has let fly at his Bris­bane coun­ter­part Wayne Bennett, slam­ming sug­ges­tions that his club is try­ing to get Jack Bird to break his Bron­cos deal.

Flana­gan has lit the fuse for a bit­ter clash be­tween the two sides on Friday night af­ter openly declar­ing he has lit­tle in­ter­est in what Bennett says.

His com­ments came af­ter Bennett took a none- too- sub­tle swipe at the Sharks, declar­ing Bird would en­joy the play­ing style of the Bron­cos.

“I couldn’t give a damn what Wayne says. He can do what he likes. Doesn’t in­ter­est me. I don’t read it or lis­ten to it. I have a young bloke over there who is shat­tered about what he is sup­posed to be say­ing or sup­posed to be do­ing.

“I don’t care what the Bron­cos are say­ing about Jack Bird. At the end of the year we will give him a cud­dle and send him on the plane and away he goes.”

Cronulla coach Shane Flana­gan.

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