In amongst an article speculating on the next Bulldogs coach, The Australian reporter Brent Read has raised a valid point about the Bulldogs’ looming decision on the future of coach Des Hasler – the incoming football cap.
With a salary cap on football club expenditure being brought in for the next rugby league year – which begins on November 1 – then any termination payout to Hasler would fall under that salary cap. This means that it’s in the Bulldogs’ interest to make that decision sooner, rather than later.
“On the 1st of November, the football cap will come into effect,” Read said. “Whatever severance pay they give Des Hasler – and the suggestion is that it’s a million dollars – that will go into their football cap.”
“The football cap is only $5.7 million, or thereabouts.”
“So basically, it gives them eight weeks to make a call on Hasler.”
The article also linked the Bulldogs to a play for current Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett, however he still has a year to run at Manly, and it was reported earlier that the Bulldogs are already in talks with Raiders assistant Dean Pay; so at this point, the Barrett rumour sounds like exactly that – a rumour.