Rumour Flanagan and Sullivan could trade places in latest twist at Belmore

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Seems most have Flanagan, the coach, already installed as our coach for next year. I’m not so sure as it is the NRL after all and as they say a lot can happen in a week in this game.

Potter has said he’s focussed on his role as interim coach for now but when asked if he’d be interested in the role as full time basis. He said of course, you’d be mad if you didn’t but my first priority is for this year and we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Hopefully the streak starts this weekend against the drag queens.
 

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Seems most have Flanagan, the coach, already installed as our coach for next year. I’m not so sure as it is the NRL after all and as they say a lot can happen in a week in this game.

Potter has said he’s focussed on his role as interim coach for now but when asked if he’d be interested in the role as full time basis. He said of course, you’d be mad if you didn’t but my first priority is for this year and we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Hopefully the streak starts this weekend against the drag queens.
IIRC, he mentioned he wants a job at another club. Even mentioned the tigers, if they asked him.
 

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Jayden Sullivans management have had informal talks with the Dragons over his future. He recently signed a contract extension with the club until the end of 2025 but he was under the belief that Ben Hunt would not extend with the club, and if he did, he would be shifted to hooker. He is very likely to request a release at the end of the year in search of more opportunity as the dragons expected to offer Hunt a contract extension. We have been the only club consistently linked to him so i think we might have our halfback.
 

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Bulldogs ready to pounce if Dragons halves’ logjam continues

“Good halfbacks,” legendary coach Warren Ryan recently mused, “are as rare as rocking-horse s--t.”

St George Illawarra is in the fortuitous position of having three of them on their books, which is why the club is about to make a huge decision on its footballing future that has nothing to do with their coach.

In Ben Hunt, they have a playmaker so likely to finish the season with the Dally M medal draped around his neck that most bookmakers refuse to frame a market. His halves partner, Talatau “Junior” Amone, is showing the benefits of learning from an experienced No.7 as he begins to establish himself at NRL level.

And then there’s the odd man out, Jayden Sullivan.

The Dragons are about to realise that three doesn’t go into two. Like Amone, Sullivan is a 20-year-old half with enormous potential, as evidenced by the club’s decision to sign him until the end of 2025. However, Sullivan’s pathway to the NRL is blocked by the two men in front of him, resulting in just six first-grade appearances, predominantly from the bench when Hunt was on State of Origin duty, so far this year.

Something is likely to give, and the Bulldogs may be the beneficiaries.

While the Red V was heavily criticised for some time for spending a whopping $6 million over five years to secure Hunt, the Dragons captain is finishing the contract strongly enough to warrant a new one.

Should the club offer him a new deal beyond 2023, as expected, it will prompt Sullivan’s management to request an immediate release.

The development won’t come as a surprise to the club hierarchy. Sullivan’s agent also acts for Amone and the parties have just completed a two-year extension for the latter. During the course of negotiations, it was made clear that he didn’t want his promising clients jostling for the one spot.

Sullivan is prepared to bide his time for now, but that will change the moment there are moves to extend Hunt’s tenure at the joint-venture outfit.
https://www.thekennel.net.au/forum/javascript:void(0);
Several clubs in need of a halfback have enquired whether Hunt could be released early to join them next year, but the Maroons ace has no appetite to leave the Dragons before his deal expires. The former Bronco’s preference is to finish his career in the Red V.

As revealed by the Herald back in May, the Bulldogs have identified Sullivan as the playmaker they want. Given Amone has extended his contract and there’s likelihood of Hunt following suit, Sullivan could well be Matt Burton’s Bulldogs halves partner next year.

At one stage a player swap of Kyle Flanagan for Sullivan was floated - ironically premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan, Kyle’s father, is a recruiter for the Dragons - but the move never got traction.

Flanagan junior has done a serviceable job during Canterbury’s mini-revival under interim coach Mick Potter, but Sullivan is considered the man to take the “Family Club” to the next level.

The Bulldogs are also looking for a fullback and the Dragons appear to have one too many of those as well. Tyrell Sloan will get a rare taste of first grade against Cronulla after being named on the bench, but has fallen behind Cody Ramsey and even utility Moses Mbye in fullback calculations. Sloan’s future may not be at the Bulldogs, but it mightn’t be at the Dragons either.

It could result in more upheaval at a club that has already had its share. Coach Anthony Griffin still has a year to run on a contract that some pundits feel shouldn’t have been extended. His side goes into Friday’s derby against the Sharks just one win out of the top eight, although their inferior for-and-against effectively means they are four points out of the finals.

The club also trying to find the right balance between blooding young stars Ramsey, Sloan, Sullivan, Amone and Max and Matthew Feagai, while ensuring they have experienced heads around them. Some believe the scales have tipped too much in favour of the grizzled, older heads.

How it all transpires from here will ultimately decide the future of the club and the coach.
 

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Bulldogs ready to pounce if Dragons halves’ logjam continues

“Good halfbacks,” legendary coach Warren Ryan recently mused, “are as rare as rocking-horse s--t.”

St George Illawarra is in the fortuitous position of having three of them on their books, which is why the club is about to make a huge decision on its footballing future that has nothing to do with their coach.

In Ben Hunt, they have a playmaker so likely to finish the season with the Dally M medal draped around his neck that most bookmakers refuse to frame a market. His halves partner, Talatau “Junior” Amone, is showing the benefits of learning from an experienced No.7 as he begins to establish himself at NRL level.

And then there’s the odd man out, Jayden Sullivan.

The Dragons are about to realise that three doesn’t go into two. Like Amone, Sullivan is a 20-year-old half with enormous potential, as evidenced by the club’s decision to sign him until the end of 2025. However, Sullivan’s pathway to the NRL is blocked by the two men in front of him, resulting in just six first-grade appearances, predominantly from the bench when Hunt was on State of Origin duty, so far this year.

Something is likely to give, and the Bulldogs may be the beneficiaries.

While the Red V was heavily criticised for some time for spending a whopping $6 million over five years to secure Hunt, the Dragons captain is finishing the contract strongly enough to warrant a new one.

Should the club offer him a new deal beyond 2023, as expected, it will prompt Sullivan’s management to request an immediate release.

The development won’t come as a surprise to the club hierarchy. Sullivan’s agent also acts for Amone and the parties have just completed a two-year extension for the latter. During the course of negotiations, it was made clear that he didn’t want his promising clients jostling for the one spot.

Sullivan is prepared to bide his time for now, but that will change the moment there are moves to extend Hunt’s tenure at the joint-venture outfit.
https://www.thekennel.net.au/forum/javascript:void(0);
Several clubs in need of a halfback have enquired whether Hunt could be released early to join them next year, but the Maroons ace has no appetite to leave the Dragons before his deal expires. The former Bronco’s preference is to finish his career in the Red V.

As revealed by the Herald back in May, the Bulldogs have identified Sullivan as the playmaker they want. Given Amone has extended his contract and there’s likelihood of Hunt following suit, Sullivan could well be Matt Burton’s Bulldogs halves partner next year.

At one stage a player swap of Kyle Flanagan for Sullivan was floated - ironically premiership-winning coach Shane Flanagan, Kyle’s father, is a recruiter for the Dragons - but the move never got traction.

Flanagan junior has done a serviceable job during Canterbury’s mini-revival under interim coach Mick Potter, but Sullivan is considered the man to take the “Family Club” to the next level.

The Bulldogs are also looking for a fullback and the Dragons appear to have one too many of those as well. Tyrell Sloan will get a rare taste of first grade against Cronulla after being named on the bench, but has fallen behind Cody Ramsey and even utility Moses Mbye in fullback calculations. Sloan’s future may not be at the Bulldogs, but it mightn’t be at the Dragons either.

It could result in more upheaval at a club that has already had its share. Coach Anthony Griffin still has a year to run on a contract that some pundits feel shouldn’t have been extended. His side goes into Friday’s derby against the Sharks just one win out of the top eight, although their inferior for-and-against effectively means they are four points out of the finals.

The club also trying to find the right balance between blooding young stars Ramsey, Sloan, Sullivan, Amone and Max and Matthew Feagai, while ensuring they have experienced heads around them. Some believe the scales have tipped too much in favour of the grizzled, older heads.

How it all transpires from here will ultimately decide the future of the club and the coach.
Anyone seen this kid play? Surely he's an upgrade on Flanno
 

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Takes the line on, has pace (outran Burton) and looks to have a better passing game than Flanno. As long as he has a decent short kicking game, I'll be happy if we get him. I assume his defence is suspect but Ciraldo will fix that.

I'd rather have a 7 who cant defend, since that can be fixed, than someone who cant attack, but can defend.
 

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Fuck Sloan he's shit

Prefer Ramsay over him, and Ramsay is average

Just throw Flanagan and Thompsons money at Hunt and Burton - Hunt 750k and Burton 800k a year - problem fuckin solved get me a job in the front office Gus
 

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Why would hunt take $500k less than what he is on now and he's playing the best footy of his life?
Fuck Sloan he's shit

Prefer Ramsay over him, and Ramsay is average

Just throw Flanagan and Thompsons money at Hunt and Burton - Hunt 750k and Burton 800k a year - problem fuckin solved get me a job in the front office Gus
 

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Fuck Sloan he's shit

Prefer Ramsay over him, and Ramsay is average

Just throw Flanagan and Thompsons money at Hunt and Burton - Hunt 750k and Burton 800k a year - problem fuckin solved get me a job in the front office Gus
How the hell are we signing Hunt for $750K though? I'd love it but I can't see it happening. Any of the top halves, Hunt, Moses or Munster are going to be on $1M+
 

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Load of rubbish article

People have got to understand that we are not nabbing a world class halfback as there is none on the market....

We have to find one from within and that could very well be Hayward....fingers crossed

We have already nabbed Burton and Mahoney so our fullback and halfback will need to come in from the lower grades
People have to understand flanno is going nowhere, fmd we aren’t buying a premiership get the fuck over it. Flanno is here to stay, triumph through adversity bred not bought, do u clowns forget who we are
 

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Progression won’t be made with Flannagan even if he continues to improve he will never lead us to a premiership or top 4 for that matter. Rather give a 20 year old a shot simply because we’ve seen all Flanno has to offer and we need to take some of the load of Burton teams will begin to work us out and threat both sides of the field if what we need.

Sulivans worth a shot and if he doesn’t work out we hunt a top halfback for 24. We have nothing to loose regarding halfback ATM Flanagan sort of just fills the role that’s it.
 
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