Former Brisbane Broncos premiership-winning star David Stagg wants to finish his NRL career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, but first has to convince new coach Des Hasler of his worth.
Stagg comes off contract at the end of the 2012 season and at 28 believes he has at least another three years left at the top level.
The former Queensland State of Origin utility has backed the Bulldogs to make the finals next season after a disappointing 2011, and if the workaholic lock is part of a dramatic climb up the ladder, a new deal should be a formality.
The turmoil at Canterbury this year, with the resignation of coach, Kevin Moore; the appointment of Jim Dymock as his replacement, then Hasler’s arrival after he was sacked by Manly, is something foreign to Stagg who played six seasons at the Broncos under the coaching of Wayne Bennett.
“It’s been a whirlwind six months, if that’s the way to put it,” Stagg said. “When Des arrived it was like having your first day at school again.
“Obviously it’s an important year, not just for me, because a number of other players are coming off contract.
“With a new coach on board there are plenty of people wanting to impress and do everything right. Hopefully I’ve got a few years left, and I would like to stay at the club. I’ve enjoyed my time here.”