The National Rugby League has lifted its’ ban on former Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, allowing him to return to the club immediately.

Flanagan was originally suspended for one year by the NRL in December 2013 for his role in the club’s 2011 supplements program that triggered a lengthy investigation by the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority.

NRL Head of Integrity Nick Weeks said Flanagan had completed all the necessary tasks required of him and demonstrated that he understood the obligations of an NRL coach.

“The NRL has been impressed with Mr Flanagan’s commitment to meeting the conditions set down for his return.Consequently his suspension is lifted and he can return to coaching duties at any time” Mr Weeks told NRL.com.

“I have a clearer understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a head coach,” Flanagan told NRL.com.

“That role goes beyond player skills, tactics and game plans – I have a proactive duty to protect the welfare of players and staff and ensure we meet our governance and compliance obligations.

“I now intend to focus on the future and demonstrate that I am the right person to lead the cultural change at the Sharks.

“I am committed to restoring the reputation of the Sharks as a club that everybody in the game can be proud of.”