Flanagan wants ex-Tigers focused on Sharks
Six former Wests Tigers players will wear the blue, white and black of Cronulla in Friday night's clash at the re-named Remondis Stadium, with the clash having taken on derby-like feeling due to the intimate connections between the rival camps dc brushless motor.
Few of the `Tiger Sharks' - Beau Ryan, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Chris Heighington, Isaac De Gois and Bryce Gibbs - left the joint-venture of their own volition, but Flanagan said revenge should not be a motivator when they take on their old club.
"I've spoken to those boys just like I spoke to them in round one - they're Cronulla Sharks players now and they are proud of that," Flanagan told AAP Maid Agency.
"They will always have a little spring in their step no matter what club you come from, you always love playing your old club data backup.
"But those boys have got to concentrate on our team first rather than the team that they're playing."
Tigers skipper Robbie Farah said there had been no social media banter between the former teammates in the lead-up to the clash.
Given a few of the main protagonists are some of the game's more prolific tweeters, the silence speaks volumes of the importance of the match.
"They're probably pretty serious about the game and I don't want to speak to them to be honest," Farah said.
"I'll speak to them after the game.
"Once you cross that white line, you're not mates. They're the opposition and you get on with it."
Eight ladder positions separate the sixth-placed Sharks from the Tigers, but the visitors are one of the form teams of the competition having won four of their last five games protective case, including a last-start win over premiers Melbourne.
The Sharks have lost two of their last three, playmaker Todd Carney adamant the side can bounce back from a disappointing last-round defeat to North Queensland.
"There's no hiding the fact that we played poor on Sunday," Carney said Spotlight LED.
"Coming back after our last bye we played Melbourne and we were poor and we turned it around when we played Parra a week later."