Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan will become the next high-profile casualty at Canterbury as club powerbrokers continue to restructure for next season.
One of axed coach Kevin Moore’s closest allies, Ryan has been in negotiations about extending his tenure at the club for the majority of this season.
But The Sunday Telegraph has been told the Bulldogs’ captain for the past six seasons will be informed there is no room for him.
The move will continue a hostile week at Bulldogs headquarters after the club’s seven-member board voted to inform Moore he would be moved on next year. The coach then left immediately.
The decision to let Ryan go centres around the outstanding crop of rookie forwards emerging at the club.
In the wake of Moore’s mid-week departure and the Bulldogs’ loss to the Warriors last Friday night, Ryan said: “This has no effect (on my future) whatsoever.
“It’s always been the plan to keep in contact with the club and let them know how I’m feeling.”
Ryan’s agent David Riolo returned from a fortnight in the UK last week and the Bulldogs captain has options in England.
While Moore has been made the sacrificial lamb for the Bulldogs’ results this season, the playing roster must also accept their share of accountability.
The Bulldogs spent over $1.3 million recruiting Frank Pritchard, Greg Eastwood, Aiden Tolman, Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating for this season and, given their standing on the NRL ladder, they have underachieved.
While the NRL player market remains thin in terms of high-profile talent, the Bulldogs are expected to have in excess of $1 million available to spend for next season.