Departing Canterbury star Josh Reynolds has nominated club legend Jim Dymock as his preferred next coach of the embattled NRL club.
Canterbury are on the lookout for a new mentor after sacking Des Hasler despite handing him a two-year contract extension in April.
Canberra assistant coach and former Bulldogs captain Dean Pay has been heavily linked to the role, along with Dymock and another recently axed NRL coach Michael Maguire.
However, Reynolds, who will leave his junior club to join the Wests Tigers over the summer, has thrown his support behind Dymock to step up from his assistant coaching role.
Dymock played three seasons at Belmore and was caretaker coach for eight games between the sacking of Kevin Moore in 2011 and Hasler's arrival the following year.
"It doesn't thave to be a Bulldogs person. That playing group will create their own culture," Reynolds told Triple M on Saturday.
"For me, I think it has to be Jim Dymock. He's been there for so long now under Des. Jimmy's a Bulldog; he's got everything it takes. He just never seems to get a mention."
Reynolds credited Dymock for fixing his defensive issues early in his career.
"As a player, Jimmy helped me so much, especially my defence. When I first started, I was missing four-five tackles a game. I had to fix that," Reynolds said.
"Jimmy, he hounds you in a good way and he's got the good mix. He can be a mate but then he can also be real stern on you."
Reynolds refused to blame Hasler for the team's failed season but admitted off-contract hooker Michael Lichaa was behind the team's late-season spike in form.
Reynolds said Lichaa departed from the team's game plans and starred in three-straight wins.
"The last three games, I put that down to Mick Lichaa. If you watch his games, he was just running. He was creating another dimension of attack for us," he said.
"Watching from the sideline, he was just taking pressure off the halves.
"He went outside the circle because he had one great game, I think it was the Titans. He just said, 'You know what? For me, the benefit of the team is I have to do this'."