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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Full board review of NRL's Bulldogs: Dunn

    Newly-elected Canterbury board member Paul Dunn admits the NRL club still has some salary cap issues it needs to fix up.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Canterbury premiership-winner Paul Dunn admits the club still has salary cap issues that will form part of the new board's full review into their NRL football operations.

    On Sunday, Dunn was one of six new faces elected onto an overhauled board, led by Lynne Anderson - daughter of club patriarch Peter "Bullfrog" Moore.

    The incoming hierarchy inherits a number of problems left behind by the previous board, the most pressing of which is the club's legal battle with sacked coach Des Hasler.

    "We want to do a full review of what's going on at the club just to get a really good understand and then what changes we need to make," Dunn said on Sky Sports radio on Monday.

    Getting their salary cap in order is high on the agenda.

    It was only last November when the contracts of marquee signings Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran were rubber stamped by the NRL, after the release of then-captain James Graham.

    "Whilst they say we're salary cap compliant, there's issues with back-ended contracts that need to be fixed," Dunn said.

    "There's building some loyalty with the players as well because the fact that those guys were all shopped around last year, that's not what we thought was the Bulldogs way to operate.

    "We need to re-instill those values and get everybody on board with them."

    Dunn, who won a premiership with the Bulldogs in 1988, defended his perceived criticism of David Klemmer last year, which the prop is believed to have taken offence to.

    "It was a throwaway comment and it wasn't meant to attack him in any way. It was more a comment on how the team had played last year under Des's tutelage," Dunn said.

    "I've been watching him play since he played Harold Matts, and he's a genius footballer.

    "I've got nothing but admiration and pride for how he plays. I was just disappointed with how he was made to play last year."

    Dunn said there would be no issues working with Canterbury Leagues club boss George Peponis, who publicly supported the previous regime under Ray Dib.

    It is understood the football board can endorse four candidates to join the leagues club board - who tip in about $5 million annually to the Bulldogs - and have an election next month.

    With the Bulldogs drawing the Melbourne Storm, the Sydney Roosters (twice) and the Penrith Panthers (twice) inside the opening eight rounds, Dunn preached patience under rookie coach Dean Pay.

    "I think it's going to be hard with the start they've got, but if they can win five to six out of their first 11, I reckon they'll finish off quite well because it's going to be a baptism of fire," he said.


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