Sydney Roosters assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon has all but agreed to coach the Cronulla Sharks in 2022.

Sydney Roosters assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon has all but agreed to coach the Cronulla Sharks in 2022.

The Sydney Morning reports Fitzgibbon has notified the Roosters of his plans to take up the helm at Cronulla next season, pending a commitment from the Sharks in regards to his coaching staff.

It is believed Fitzgibbon wants full autonomy over who will make up his support staff before putting pen to paper on a deal worth between $1.5m-$1.8m over three years.

The former NSW star rejected the chance to coach St George Illawarra last year but he is off-contract this year and is tipped to go. Fitzgibbon would follow in the footsteps of his father, Allan, who coached the Sharks in the 1980’s.

John Morris is set to be axed for Craig Fitzgibbon. (Getty)

It is understood Sharks coach John Morris had several bids for an extension knocked back by the club who look all but set to move in a new direction potentially before the year is over, according to The Herald.

Fitzgibbon told the Herald last year that he was ready to coach an NRL team but would wait until 2022 to honour a commitment to Trent Robinson and Nick Politis.

“I’m ready to be a head coach, I’ve done a lot of hard work to be ready, but I have an agreement with Nick and Robbo and I’ll honour that,” Fitzgibbon told the Herald in June last year.

Morris is the lowest paid coach in the NRL on a deal worth around $350,000 a season, while Fitzgibbon is currently paid around $300,000 as the highest-paid assistant in the NRL.

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