NRL News | Bulldogs coach candidate 2022 after Trent Barrett, Brett leaves

The Bulldogs should think outside the box and take a punt on former Test halfback Brett Kimorley for coaching work in 2023 and beyond.

Men are being tied up to fill the hot seats of common suspects – Blues Origin coach Brad Fitler, Premiership winners Shane Flanagan and Paul Green, Penrith assistant Cameron Siraldo and St. Helens Aussie coach Christian Wolf.

Kimorley has not coached at the NRL level but has the best analytical minds in the game and is currently working with the West Tigers on path and junior development.

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Cold-headed and able to relate to young players, Kimmerley has recruited some outstanding youngsters who will be top-class players for the West Tigers – but sadly not for the next few seasons as they are all in 16-18 year old brackets.

In his playing days, there were some smart halfbacks and he could distinguish the opponent’s defense with his class and ability to read the game.

A person known as ‘Noddy’ has other essential qualities that a coach needs – he can ‘squeeze’ the board, be a Polish media performer and be well-connected with the fans.

And let’s not forget that he played the last two seasons of his illustrious career at the Bulldogs – what a perfect fit.

Although Kimmorley is an alternative who ticks off lots of boxes, Phil Gould has strongly indicated that the next person for the job will be an experienced preacher. Put it as the job he deserves, rather than the job he will do.

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