Bulldogs make major coaching changes

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Canterbury’s youngsters will learn what it means to be a Bulldog after a number of club greats were elevated to coaching roles in 2024.

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It’s all part of the policy of “letting Bulldogs coach young Bulldogs,” as football general manager Phil Gould posted on X, formerly Twitter.

Jackson, who made 241 appearances for the club, played a part in Canterbury’s Jersey Flegg premiership this year and will become full-time coach next season.

It’s a similar story for Turner, who was forced into medical retirement in 2013 but has spent the last decade in an administrative role at Belmore as well as being in charge as one of the club’s trainers.

Former Canterbury captain Josh Jackson will coach the club’s Jersey Flegg team next year in a bid to bring back the Bulldogs’ DNA. Photo: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

“The professionalism and work ethic that both men bring to our Bulldogs efforts are outstanding and second to none,” Gould said.

“I love that Bulldogs coach Bulldogs.”

The changes were to be expected after a disastrous 15th-place finish in Cameron Ciraldo’s first year in charge, but there is expectation at the club that 2024 should be much better with a number of stars moving to Belmore.

There have been other moves in the coaching ranks, with former Jersey Flegg coach Luke Vella promoted to the NRL squad as an assistant.

Mick Potter has been named NSW Cup coach for 2024 after serving as one of Cameron Ciraldo’s NRL assistants this year. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

“I never got the opportunity to play for the club at the highest level, so if I can help the current players do that, I’m more than excited to do that,” said Vella, whose playing career was cut short by a devastating spinal injury . injury.

“It’s really special for me and a really big achievement for me and my coaching career. If I’m honest, it’s probably coming a little sooner than I expected, but that doesn’t mean I’m not ready. I’m excited to participate.”

Meanwhile, former interim coach Mick Potter will take charge of the club’s NSW Cup side next year in a bid to create a strong pathway for younger players to prepare for the NRL.

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