‘We see it behind closed doors’: Flanagan eager to repay the faith to emotional Barrett

Bulldogs halfback Kyle Flanagan has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by Trent Barrett after the coach was seen wiping away tears over their first win of the season against the Sharks on Saturday.

Flanagan said the team was unsurprised by the emotional display from Barrett, who regularly wears his heart on his sleeve.

“We see it behind closed doors a fair bit,” Flanagan said. “He gets quite emotional. He puts so much effort into this team. He loves this club so much.”

Bulldogs halfback Kyle Flanagan has vowed to individually repay the faith to Trent Barrett after the coach was seen wiping away tears over their first win of the season against the Sharks on Saturday.Credit:Getty

“[The losses] was something I wasn’t used to coming here and not winning too many games to start,” Flanagan said.

“This [win] has definitely given me a lot of confidence.”

“The boys want to repay Baz for the hard work he has put in and I am exactly the same. I wanted to repay the faith Baz has put into me.”

The 18-12 win against Cronulla at Jubilee Stadium was the first for Barrett as coach of the club, labelling it the greatest win he’s been involved in as a coach.

Cronulla almost staged a comeback but a hat-trick of botched chances in the first half by winger Mawene Hirot saw the Sharks lose the game.

The Bulldogs also made the most of the sin-binning of Siosifa Talakai to take control of the game with the shoulder paving the way for the NRL’s first 18th man to be used.

The club will now have a bigger task ahead when they come up against the Eels on Saturday, who have suffered just one loss in the 2021 season.

“Dylan Napa and Luke Thompson led from the front and if they can do that every week and lead that platform for me and Jake [Averillo]…it’s going to be a good thing for us,” Flanagan said.

“This team is in a good position and we are going to look forward now.”

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