Newly-appointed Canterbury coach Des Hasler says being competitive will be his number one goal for the season ahead.
Hasler took charge at Belmore for his first training session today just days after being dismissed by Manly for allegedly breaching his contract – a charge he denies.
He will be aided by assistant coach Jim Dymock, who was due to take charge for next season before Hasler’s shock sacking last week.
Asked what his goals were for the season ahead, Hasler replied: “It’s to be competitive, that’s all it is.”
“I think the roster’s quite good. Towards the back end of the season they were playing some really good footy, and I know they gave us a great contest at Brookie Oval.
“One of the most pleasing aspects of Rugby League is working with players, and it’s working with people. And it’s getting people to realise their potential and bringing that potential about. The success on the back of it is the result of the hard work for them.”
Bulldogs chief Todd Greenberg again outlined his delight to be able to welcome Hasler to Belmore – albeit a year earlier than planned.
“Without wanting to state the obvious, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Des to the Bulldogs,” Greenberg said.
“He is without doubt one of the great coaches of the modern era, and as I have stated before, this appointment is a significant coup for the Bulldogs.”