Flanagan confirms his Roosters NRL exit

Kyle Flanagan is set for a third NRL club in 12 months after his exit from the Sydney Roosters.
Kyle Flanagan is set for a third NRL club in 12 months after his exit from the Sydney Roosters.

Kyle Flanagan confirmed his departure from the Sydney Roosters with the halfback expected to sign a long-term NRL deal with Canterbury.

The 22-year-old took to Instagram on Monday to announce he was leaving the Roosters just one season into a two-year deal.

"Shocked and Disappointed," Flanagan wrote.

"I want to thank everyone involved with my time at the @sydneyroosters.

"A rollercoaster year but full of memories I'll remember forever.

"To the fans, I appreciate the ongoing support, it's been unreal. To the lads, I loved every minute with you boys."

Flanagan, who joined the Roosters from Cronulla last year as a replacement for the retired Cooper Cronk, paid the price after the back-to-back premiers were ousted from this year's finals by Canberra.

He played 20 games this year but was dropped by coach Trent Robinson during the campaign to work on his development.

Robinson will look towards Lachlan Lam and Sam Walker to press for the No.7 jersey in 2021 with Flanagan's exit alleviating some salary cap pressure.

New Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett is widely tipped to take goal-kicking Flanagan to Belmore after they released veteran playmaker Kieran Foran, who has since returned to Manly.

Australian Associated Press