Bulldogs half-back Kyle Flanagan has rejected a huge offer to move to the English Super League immediately.
Flanagan struggled to perform at a consistent level at Belmore and Bulldogs officials believe a few years in England would help him regain his confidence and reset his game.
English club Hull FC, coached by former Wests Tigers star Brett Hodgson, have made Flanagan an attractive approach.
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But Flanagan, together with his father, former Sharks premiership winner Shane, has dug in and wants to stay at the Bulldogs under interim coach Mick Potter.
Flanagan’s game has improved since Potter took over, but he still seems to lack the confidence and experience to lead an NRL team in the paddock.
Titans prepare to chop Holbrook
Titans coach Justin Holbrook is a walking dead man and I hear the club will use the next week off to send him packing.
The club fired a blow through Holbrook’s arc last week, sacking strength and conditioning coach and best friend Klint Hoare.
I’m not sure what the board hoped to accomplish with this move, but the result was another soft performance from the Titans at Newcastle this weekend.
The Titans now sit bottom of the table with just three wins and in a worrying sign for Holbrook, the three clubs immediately above him have already sacked their coaches.
I think Holbrook can coach – but the squad just isn’t up to it.
David Fifita rarely justifies his million dollar price tag, halfback Toby Sexton is still learning his trade and had several different five-eights by his side in the first half of the season.
Young full-back Jayden Campbell has missed numerous games and the club lack a hooker with half-model prowess.
But it’s easier to fire a coach than a dozen players, and Holbrook looks set to become the latest coaching victim on the holiday strip.
What Burton really thinks of the Bulldogs
All of you Bulldogs fans worried about the possible loss of Matt Burton, I have one word for you: relax.
I hear that all the talk that Burton is looking to go elsewhere once his contract expires at the end of 2023 is just a ploy to raise his asking price.
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Burton told friends he was more than happy with his move from Premiers Penrith to the struggling Bulldogs.
He still plays great football and he knows the Bulldogs will continue to improve over the next two seasons as Phil Gould cuts dead wood from the roster and brings in star players like Reed Mahoney and Viliame Kikau.
RLWC press conference
It was all going so well at a Rugby World Cup press conference in England last week.
Then the guest of honour, Nadine Dorries, the British secretary of state for sport, decided to speak.
“I’ve always loved the idea of rugby league,” Nadine told a massive media crowd.
“That drop goal in 2003 was such a special moment.”
Several journalists dropped their microphones while the minister’s aides tried to override the gaffe.
The drop goal was actually during the Rugby Union World Cup. #OOPS
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