NRL news | Kyle Flanagan slams Sydney Roosters axing, coach Trent Robinson

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Bulldogs signing Kyle Flanagan has hit out at his remarkable axing by the Roosters, saying coach Trent Robinson left him wondering “what the hell was going on”.

Flanagan was dumped after a single season with the Roosters, who lost consecutive finals in 2020 after winning back-to-back NRL premierships.

Flanagan replaced Cooper Cronk as halfback last year and seemed to perform decently, yet was dropped briefly before being axed with two years remaining on his contract.

“It definitely [affected] my confidence during the year when I thought I was playing really well and I was the [competition’s] top points scorer, then I didn’t play two games out of nowhere,” Flanagan told The Sun-Herald.

“I look back now going, ‘What the hell was going on there?’

“I was pretty proud with how I responded to that and finished off the season.

“I remember [Robinson] saying to me, ‘You’re not playing poorly, we just want you to improve’.

“It was quite confusing. We were winning through that whole period there. I went back, trained hard, got back in the team and played well. I thought it was all part of the development.

“That was the most frustrating thing. I signed with the Roosters to grow and develop into the role over the next few years. Then to be told a year later that plan isn’t there any more, that was the hardest pill to swallow.”

Robinson, a triple premiership winner, gave Flanagan his marching orders in a post-season one-on-one interview. He joined Canterbury on a three-year deal, while the Roosters retained Lachlan Lam, Drew Hutchison and Sam Walker as potential replacements; or alternatively, they could play Luke Keary at halfback and bring in a hard-running player at five-eighth.

Flanagan, 22, said that he was glad to have signed with the Bulldogs under new coach Trent Barrett.

The goal-kicking halfback will work alongside the likes of Lachlan Lewis, Brandon Wakeham and Jake Averillo this year, before Penrith prodigy Matt Burton arrives for the 2022 season with the expectation that he’ll play five-eighth.

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