The Warriors have shot down the prospect of Phil Gould joining the Bulldogs after Canterbury made a left-field play to sign the figurehead who led the club to the 1988 premiership.
Warriors CEO Cameron George has confirmed Gould approached he and club owner Mark Robinson at Magic Round to tell them the Bulldogs had bumped him about returning to Belmore.
But George told Fox Sports the move had been torpedoed with Gould re-committing to his consultancy role with the Warriors in the pathways and development space.
“Gus approached myself and Mark Robinson at Magic Round and told us the Bulldogs had approached him about a possible return to the club,” George said.
“Gus has obviously got huge history at the Bulldogs and we respect that.
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“We asked him if he genuinely wanted to pursue the opportunity and he told us he was committed to the Warriors.
“The Bulldogs chairman rang Mark Robinson earlier this week to try and explore it further.
“But Gus has assured us he’s remaining with the Warriors and we intend to try and extend the terms of his contract beyond next year.
“Having someone of his calibre in the game affiliated with our club has been outstanding for us.
“He loves his work in the development and pathways structure. After having a conversation with him we were never concerned that he was going to leave.”
Gould played an integral role in the Warriors signing Brisbane Broncos young gun Reece Walsh and recently made his first trip to New Zealand since the relaxation of the COVID bubble.
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Gould responded to the report via Twitter.
Bulldogs did approach me some weeks ago regarding a possible role with the club. I informed Bulldog Chairman John Khoury early last week that I could not accept the very kind offer. I’m very committed to my role with @NZWarriors and the long term vision we share. Thank you.
Gould, who is also a commentator for Nine has worked with Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett during their time at the Panthers.
The Bulldogs are confident Barrett is the right coach to take the club forward, but believe Gould’s experience and expertise would be invaluable.
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Barrett is in the midst of a horror first campaign as Bulldogs coach with Canterbury currently sitting last at the halfway point of the year with just one win from 12 games.
Star recruit Kyle Flanagan has been dropped after failing to fire in the first year of his three-year deal, while the club will have to wait until next year before the cavalry arrives in the form of Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton and Brent Naden.
Originally published asGould responds to shock Bulldogs move to poach him from Warriors
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