Mark Flanagan (rugby league)
|Nickname||Flannel, Smiler, Flash|
4 December 1987 |
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
|Source: Rugby League Project League Central|
Mark "Flash" Flanagan (born 4 December 1987) is an English professional rugby league player for the St. Helens club of Super League. He normally plays at Loose forward. A utility player, he previously played for Wigan Warriors and the National Rugby League's Wests Tigers clubs befre joining St Helens, with whom he won the 2014 Super League championship. He is also the son of former Great Britain international Terry Flanagan.
Mark Flanagan was born on 4 December 1987 in Oldham, England. Flanagan started his rugby league career at the amateur side Saddleworth Rangers before joining Bradford Academy when he was 16. He was one of the most promising young British players and has caps for England Academy including caps against the Australian Schoolboys in 2006.
Professional playing career
On 4 January 2007 it was announced that Flanagan would join Wigan Warriors on a 2-year contract with Wigan paying £10,900 in compensation to Bradford for the loss of the player. He was signed to provide cover and possible become a replacement to Australian stand-off Trent Barrett. Flanagan was the third player that Brian Noble had brought from his previous club Bradford, the other players being Stuart Fielden and Michael Withers. Flanagan was a regular in the Wigan reserves team. He went to Halifax on loan in June 2008 and scored two tries in his first game for the club.
After some impressive performances in the reserves Flanagan made his Wigan debut from the bench during the second half of a 22-16 defeat by the Crusaders at Brewery Field. He made more appearances for Wigan putting in some very impressive performances, most noticeably for his defensive effort in the derby loss away at St.Helens.
It was announced 23 September 2009 that Flanagan had signed a 1-year contract with the Wests Tigers, with the Tigers having the option for a further season. Tigers' recruitment manager Warren McDonnell described him as, "a raw talent," and, "a tough no-nonsense player with a strong work ethic."  Flanagan played 21 games in his first season with the Tigers, mostly starting on the bench.
Having been left out of the side for most of 2011, Flanagan made his return late in the season and played in both of the Wests Tigers' semis appearances.
It was confirmed on 19 July 2011 that St Helens had signed Flanagan on a 2-year contract, he made the move before the start of the 2012 season. The move meant that Flanagan was reunited with Head Coach Royce Simmons who he previously worked with at West Tigers.
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- Wigan sign Mark Flanagan
- Official Wigan Warriors's First Team
- Mark Flanagan Wigan Career Page on the Wigan RL Fansite.
- Mark Flanagan Wests Tigers profile
- Mark Flanagan 2010 Statistics