2022-05-17 23:00:00

Anthony Mundine has put his hand up to join the Bulldogs as a consultant after Trent Barrett quit on Sunday.

Canterbury is on the hunt for a new coach just 10 rounds into the season after Barrett — who was contracted until the end of 2023 — walked away following a gut-wrenching loss to Newcastle in Brisbane on Friday night.

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Premiership-winning mentors like Shane Flanagan and Paul Green have been mentioned as possible replacements at Belmore, but former Dragons five-eighth Mundine believes he could lend a helping hand.

One of the game’s most dynamic playmakers in his prime before he turned to boxing, Mundine told 7News: “I know the game, I’ve been playing since I was four.

“Obviously used to play State of Origin and whatnot, should have played for Australia but that’s another story.

“It’s mindset, that’s something I do bring,”

Asked about the prospect of working under Bulldogs general manager of football, the all-powerful Phil Gould, Mundine added: “I can get along with Gus, he’s all good.

“I gave him nightmares in the ‘90s but if he doesn’t hold that against me, it’s all good.

“Rub a bit of Mundine flavour into the Gould flavour and we’ve got a championship team.”

Anthony Mundine is never short on confidence.Source: Supplied

The Bulldogs could be facing a player exodus in the wake of Barrett’s departure, with some stars signing on because they wanted to play under the former NSW half.

Brent Naden, who only arrived at Belmore this season, has already left to join the Wests Tigers while forward Jack Hetherington is reportedly on the way out too.

Eels hooker Reed Mahoney and Panthers edge forward Viliame Kikau have both confirmed they intend to honour their deals, having signed to play at the Bulldogs from 2023, but there are suggestions highly-rated playmaker Matt Burton may test the open market as soon as he is able to.

Burton came across to Canterbury after playing in Penrith’s 2021 premiership-winning team and is contracted until the end of 2023, but may explore options elsewhere after Barrett’s exit.

Daily Telegraph journalist Paul Kent told NRL 360 on Tuesday there will be plenty more heading to the exit as the Bulldogs rebuild.

“It is just the beginning,” Kent said. “Their strength and conditioning coach, Dan Ferris has also been let go and Steve Hansen, who was an adviser to Barrett, has come out and given the Dogs a serve so it’s unlikely he’ll return.

“There’s going to be a bit of a clean-out now with the roster.

“I heard an interesting thing Phil Gould say last night that come 2024 there will only be five or six of the current roster under contract so there’ll be a lot of space in the cap.

“I don’t know who those players are, we’ll have to start getting on the phones to figure out who they are and how accurate that number is because that are a lot of players who are on their way out of the club.

“I assume some of those players are contracted and just haven’t been told the news that they may no be there.”

Trent Barrett is gone. Picture: NRL PhotosSource: Supplied

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