Former St George Illawarra Dragons head coach Steve Price has returned to the NRL as an assistant coach to recently re-instated Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan.

Price, who endured a lean 2 and a half years at the Dragons, winning just 37% of the games he was in charge of, forms a new look coaching staff at the Sharks, which also includes High Performance coach Andrew Gray, who worked at the Dragons between 1999-2014.

“Steve is a great addition to our staff and I’m certainly looking forward to having him as my assistant coach and to working alongside him. He was an NRL assistant for a long period before stepping up into a head coaching role and his experience and knowledge will be invaluable for us,” Flanagan told the Sharks website.

Price began his coaching career as the Dragons’ Jersey Flegg coach in 2002, moving through the grades at the club, including assistant to NRL head coach Wayne Bennett during the club’s most successful period between 2009-2011, culminating in the drought-breaking 2010 premiership triumph.

He became head coach in 2012 but failed to make the finals in his first two seasons and was replaced by Paul McGregor mid-way through the 2014 season.