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Flannery ‘no’ to Roosters Flannery staying put

Chris Flannery is back home on the Sunshine Coast wife his wife Renee, daughters Layla,3, and Evie,15 months. Photo:Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Chris Flannery is back home on the Sunshine Coast wife his wife Renee, daughters Layla,3, and Evie,15 months. Photo:Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

RUGBY LEAGUE: Not even the lure of a return to the big time could entice Chris Flannery to accept the football manager job at his old club - the Sydney Roosters.

The recently-retired former Queensland Origin star has revealed he turned down the sought-after job on Tuesday.

He had been approached by his former teammate and current Roosters board member Luke Ricketson.

Flannery - who recently returned to the coast with his family after a distinguished, lengthy career in Australia and England - said the offer was tempting but ultimately the money was insufficient.

The 126-gamer for the Roosters - a member of their 2002 premiership side - was also reluctant to uproot his family.

Another factor in his decision to turn the job down was his long-held ambition to work as a real estate agent, which is slated to happen next month.

Both he and his wife Renee are from the coast, as are their families.

He said: "It would have been a pretty good gig."

"If I was single, I definitely would have taken it. Just with two kids and a missus, it wasn't enough money to move back down to the big smoke," Flannery said.

"It's unfortunate. I spoke to Luke Ricketson and they're starting to get a real core of guys (into key positions) that were there in the early 2000s."

Flannery, a skilful utility, joined the Roosters straight out of high school in 1998 and played 126 first-grade games for the club between 2000 and 2006. He concluded a six-season 92-game stint at English Super League club St Helens this year.

Flannery - a 10-gamer for Queensland between 2002 and 2006 - ran into Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles coach Dave Cordwell this week and expressed an interest in helping out next season.

"I spoke to Dave and said I'd come up to training before Christmas and say gidday and hopefully do what I can to help out whenever I can," Flannery said.

"Dave was really good. He said to pop up whenever I liked. Hopefully, I can start showing my face there a bit more regularly - and also at Kawana training."

Flannery was a Kawana junior.


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