Kyle Flanagan has been inserted into the Bulldogs halves to kind the membership’s third pairing of 2022 and the membership has been slammed by NRL360’s panel of specialists.
The Bulldogs have managed solely a singular win, beating the Cowboys to start out the season, however coach Trent Barrett has made the decision to deliver Flanagan into the fold in a troublesome conflict in opposition to the competitors leaders, the Panthers.
The 23-year-old hasn’t been coaching with the primary grade group this season, however has handed a baptism of fireside in Spherical 5.
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“It’s like getting a hand grenade in your birthday,” The Day by day Telegraph’s Paul Kent mentioned.
“Lets be sincere, this can be a man who hasn’t performed loads of first grade final yr however past that has probably not been welcomed as part of the membership for a while.
“Has not skilled all yr with the primary grade facet and right here he’s lastly getting picked at quantity seven, and he has been put up in opposition to the premiers to play one of the best group within the competitors.
“It is sort of a poison chalice.”
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Braith Anasta echoed Kent’s sentiment.
“I really feel sorry for him, he has labored laborious and he deserves a shot to play within the halves, he has been hammered pillar to publish, his confidence has been battered,” Anasta mentioned.
“They didn’t give him a second, not to mention a minute within the trials subsequent to Burton, they get to Spherical 5 they usually play the premiership heavyweights, one of the best group within the competitors proper now by a great distance.
“And so they go right here you go buddy, do your greatest.”
Flanagan’s lack of gametime beside low season recruit Matt Burton may show to be a problem for the Bulldogs.
Burton himself might be underneath strain, taking up his former membership which he received a premiership with in 2021.
The Day by day Telegraph’s Paul Crawley has raised the query, the place is the responsibility of look after the younger halfback who has lacked first grade minutes for a season and a half.
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“The group have taken nice pleasure in humiliating Kyle prior to now, his personal membership has humiliated him all low season, he didn’t get a go, he sat there on the sidelines and everybody knew he simply wasn’t of their plans,” Crawley mentioned.
“44-0 final week they usually come up in opposition to the Panthers, and you’ve got to name it for what it’s, it’s a shame, the place is the responsibility of care?”
After the Bulldogs conflict in opposition to the Panthers, they tackle grand finalists the Rabbitohs, handing Flanagan two of the hardest video games of the calendar yr.
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