Former Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has become the first candidate to publicly state his intention of taking the vacant Canterbury job, declaring there would be no issue coaching his son Kyle.
The Bulldogs appointed Mick Potter as an interim coach until the end of the season with the club expected to take their time finalising a replacement for Trent Barrett.
Potter says he has no interest in coaching the Dogs in the long run, with Flanagan the first would-be Canterbury coach putting his hand up for the role.
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“I haven’t had any chats with the Bulldogs and I’ve got no idea what their plans are,” he told Sydney radio station 2GB on Saturday.
“I’d love to (coach the Bulldogs), I want to get back into coaching at NRL level.
“I think I could do a job there. At this point there’s been no contact.”
The concern for Canterbury supporters will be the fact Shane would have to coach his son Kyle.
The 23-year-old halfback has endured a difficult time at the club since being let go by the Sydney Roosters in 2020 and there has been widespread speculation that Canterbury were trying to offload him over the summer.
Shane, however, insisted that he would have no problems dropping his son if required.
“I coached Kyle for two years at the Cronulla Sharks and if he’s not the best halfback in the club, he doesn’t play and Kyle knows that,” he said.