St Helens coach is understood to be hot property from NRL clubs after his successful debut season with St Helens in 2018.
Holbrook is contracted Saints until the end of the 2019 season and it is understand the Cronulla Sharks are chasing the 43-year old head coach
Cronulla is believed to have intensified their search for a head coach with the NRL club’s board and CEO Barry Russell to begin interviewing candidates.
With less than four weeks out from their first trial against Manly, the Sharks are still without a full-time coach following Shane Flanagan’s resignation. John Morris has been guiding the club through the pre-season in an interim role and heads a short list of candidates.
Penrith assistant and former Sharks back-rower Cameron Ciraldo is believed to be on their short-list, but it is understood St Helens coach Justin Holbrook is on the top of their list and the Sharks are considering a offer to make him their 2020 head coach, meaning John Morris will have the care taker role for 12 months.
Holbrook led St Helens to the Super League minor premiership last year only to be shocked in the preliminary final by Warrington, who are coached by Steve Price – another name that has been linked with the Sharks.
“I don’t know anything about it to be honest, but have seen the reports,” Holbrook told reporters in Manchester for the Super League season launch at Old Trafford.
“It’s nice to have your name mentioned as I am a coach and I love coaching and I want to do a good job.
“But I haven’t spoken to anyone, to anybody there so I am not sure about it. We’ll see what happens.
“I’d love to coach in the NRL one day whenever that is if I get the opportunity.
“The Sharks are a great club with a great roster – it’s a job that many people would want to do, that is for sure.”