NRL News 2022, Canterbury Bulldogs Coach, Mick Potter, Trent Barrett Resigns, Phil

Former West Tigers coach Mick Potter is set to take over Canterbury for the rest of the season.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Potter will be asked to become the Bulldogs’ interim coach in the wake of Trent Barrett’s resignation on Sunday.

Potter is currently coaching the Mountains in the NSW Cup, but is thought to be preparing to join the Bulldogs before Friday’s clash with the West Tigers.

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He coached the Tigers for two seasons in his last term as NRL head coach. He played for the Bulldogs and won club premierships in 1984 and 1985, as well as the Daly M medal at fullback.

His time at the Tigers came with controversy, as he fell out with club legends Benji Marshall and Ravi Farah.

It will be a tough comeback for Potter in NRL coaching. In the wake of Barrett’s resignation, emigration to Belmore has already begun.

Gun recruiter Brent Naden abruptly left the club on Tuesday to join the Tigers. Dan Ferris, Barrett’s high performance chief, also left after talks with Phil Gold.

In positive news for the Bulldogs, 2023 award-winning recruits William Kikau and Reed Mahoney have pledged to honor their contract.

The managers of each player issued a statement to 9News reiterating their commitment to the club from next season.

One of this year’s recruits, Tevita Pangai Jr., has no plans to follow Naden out the door.

“I’ve been here three years, and at the end of those three years we’re going to be a powerhouse again,” he told Danny Weidler of Nine.

“I love the club.”

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