Des Hasler
Heading to the Dogs

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs officials have snuck under the guard of their Manly Sea Eagles counterparts and secured the services of Des Hasler.

In a stunning twist in the tug of war for Hasler’s services, the two-time premiership-winning coach will head to Belmore in 2013 after serving out the final year of his Sea Eagles deal.

Manly officials were convinced they had their man long term after tabling a three-year extension which, with bonuses, was worth more than $1 million per season. However, the Herald has learned that the Bulldogs have responded by upping their initial $750,000 per year offer and that Hasler has agreed to terms. The Bulldogs will call a press conference for tomorrow to announce the news.

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Following the Sea Eagles’ civic reception and parade from Brookvale Oval to the Novotel in Manly yesterday, the team joined sponsors, board members and selected guests for lunch at Le Kiosk at Shelley Beach. The intimate gathering of 60 guests, who paid $1000 for the privilege, got their money’s worth when emcee John Gibbs interviewed Hasler about his future plans. Hasler again confirmed he would remain at Brookvale for 2012, but when Gibbs pressed him about his intentions beyond that, the coach channelled Tom Cruise’s character from the hit movie Jerry Maguire, declaring: “Show me the money!”.

While Manly has done that, so too have Canterbury as Hasler’s stocks have risen following Sunday’s premiership triumph. Only Wayne Bennett – on a deal reportedly worth as much as $10 million over four years – will be able to command more once Hasler joins the Bulldogs.

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