TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Bulldogs coach Dean Pay looks on at the post match media conference at the end of during the round six NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Canterbury-Bankstown officials will meet with head coach Dean Pay’s management this week to discuss terms for a contract extension.

After signing a two-year deal in 2017, Pay falls out-of-contract at the end of the 2019 NRL season.

It is understood that both Pay and the Bulldogs are keen to continue the partnership beyond 2019, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Canterbury finished in 12th place with eight wins in 2018, regressing from ten wins in 2017.

Pay’s Bulldogs will begin their 2019 campaign with an international trip to face the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday 16th March.


  1. A little early isn’t it? There are plenty of good coaches out there on the bench at the moment, and some good up and coming – if I were the Doggies I would wait at least a bunch of games (5+) to get a better feel on how the season is shaping…

  2. Agreed. Coaches like Pay, McGregor and Kearney are not being hounded by rival clubs so why rush any extensions for all 3. Wait till origin time then reassess. To be honest all 3 are ordinary…

    • My initial thoughts were the same, but i can also see a benefit. So long as they keep the next contract similar length it helps bring stability to the team. Swapping coaches every couple of years isnt the answer, any Eels fan will atest to that. Maybe a 1 year extension is worth a go.

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