With just two games left to earn himself his dream job, Bulldogs caretaker Jim Dymock has revealed that he knocked back an approach to coach the Penrith Panthers.
In what might prove to be the biggest gamble of his career, the man who took over from sacked coach Kevin Moore told The Daily Telegraph he brushed aside interest from Phil Gould and the Panthers so he could go all out in his bid to land the top job at Belmore next season.
Facing the Knights today at ANZ Stadium in a crunch game for the club’s slim finals hopes, Dymock opened up about his burning desire to coach the Bulldogs next year.
And he may have already cost himself just one of 16 full-time top coaching roles, with the former Eel and Bulldogs star refusing to speak to the Panthers before they appointed Ivan Cleary.
“There were jobs going, both here and in England, but I knocked them back,” Dymock said yesterday.
“Freddy (Brad Fittler) spoke to me about the Panthers job (on Gould’s behalf), but I didn’t take him seriously.
“I had no desire to go anywhere near Penrith and I want to stay here.
“There have been jobs out there that I have been offered but I will wait my time here (Bulldogs) and I think I have the inside run.”
As the clock winds down on his reign as Canterbury’s caretaker coach, Dymock declared himself the man to take the Bulldogs forward next year.
Since taking over from Moore – now considering a job in the English Super League – Dymock has taken the side to three wins and three losses.
He is hoping he has done enough to convince the Bulldogs board to hire him instead of Mick Potter, Nathan Brown or Ricky Stuart.