Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg could make a quick visit to England early next week to interview two short-listed candidates for the Bulldogs coaching job, Mick Potter and Terry Matterson.
Greenberg will decide this weekend whether he needs to make the trip as part of his due diligence before making a recommendation to the club’s board on the coaching job. The Bulldogs plan to announce their choice of coach either just before tomorrow week’s grand final or in the week after the game. Caretaker Jim Dymock is still regarded as the favourite.
Potter, who is still contracted to coach English club Bradford in the Super League but would presumably have a get-out clause in his contract should he wish to accept an offer to coach an NRL club, former Castleford coach Matterson and NSW and former Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks coach Ricky Stuart remain in the frame for the Canterbury job.
Matterson recently signed on as an assistant coach to Neil Henry at the North Queensland Cowboys next year, but it is anticipated he would have a get-out clause in his contract as well. It is believed Canterbury made initial contact with Potter, who played for the Bulldogs, only in the last week.
There has been speculation the Bulldogs will target Manly coach Des Hasler, along with Sea Eagles recruitment manager Noel Cleal, but the Herald understands that would only become a possibility if Hasler, who is contracted to Manly until the end of next season, had a dramatic split with the Sea Eagles as soon as this season ended.
Cleal said in a radio interview yesterday that he and Hasler would be at Manly again next season.