NRL News 2022, Canterbury Bulldogs manager Mick Potter, Trent Barrett leaves, Phil Gould, interim

Former Wests Tigers manager Mick Potter is set to take charge of Canterbury for the remainder of the season.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Potter will be asked to be the Bulldogs’ interim coach following the departure of Trent Barrett from his position on Sunday.

Potter is currently coaching the Mounties in the NSW Cup but is believed to be preparing to join the Bulldogs ahead of Friday’s clash with the Wests Tigers.

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He coached the Tigers for two seasons in his final stint as NRL head coach. He played for the Bulldogs and won premierships at the club in 1984 and 1985, also winning a Dally M Medal at fullback.

His time with the Tigers was controversial, as he fell out with club legends Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah.

It will be a difficult return to training in the NRL for Potter. The exodus to Belmore has already begun following Barrett’s resignation.

Guns rookie Brent Naden suddenly left the club on Tuesday to join the Tigers. Barrett’s high performance chief Dan Ferris also left after a discussion with Phil Gould.

In positive news for the beleaguered Bulldogs, prized 2023 rookies Viliame Kikau and Reed Mahoney have pledged to honor their contracts.

Each player’s managers have provided a statement to 9News reaffirming their commitment to the club from next season.

One of this year’s rookies, Tevita Pangai Jr, has no intention of following Naden out the door.

“I’m three years here, and at the end of those three years we’ll be a powerhouse again,” he told Nine’s Danny Weidler.

“I love the club.”

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