NRL 2018: Flanagan considers marquee replacement for Valentine Holmes, Cronulla Sharks, Barba, Johnston

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He’s still smarting from Valentine Holmes’ dramatic 11th-hour walk-out but Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is refusing to panic despite losing more than half of his 2018 NRL preliminary final backline.

Holmes’s release from the final year of his contract comes after Flanagan allowed Jesse Ramien and Edrick Lee go to Newcastle and Ricky Leutele to the English Super League – largely because the coach was banking on keeping his superstar fullback on a new multi-million-dollar, long-term deal.

“If we knew Val wasn’t (going to be) here, one or two of those players might have still been here,” Flanagan told AAP.

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