Chairman and CEO front the Media

Chairman Ray Dib and Chief Executive Raelene Castle have spoken to the media tonight following today's Board meeting.

The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs are continuing negotiations to extend the contract of coach Des Hasler beyond 2017.

“There’s significant emotion and heightened pressure around this decision at the moment. We have all agreed that it’s in the best interest of everyone involved to take a breath, continue with our extension negotiations and most importantly focus on preparations for a 2017 season,” said Chairman Ray Dib.

“We’ve built something really significant at the Bulldogs with our high performance programme and this Board has every confidence that our coach, our staff and our management will deliver a team that will be a threat deep into the Finals in 2017.”

In response to today’s decision, Hasler has offered the following comment:

“I have been employed by this Club as its Head Coach. I have the utmost confidence in the systems, structures and strategies that we have in place and I’m looking forward to working with the Board, CEO and staff to produce the results we all want in 2017.”

Today the Board also accepted the resignation of Director Steve Mortimer from the football Club, effective immediately.

Under the Constitution the Board has the power to appoint any person to fill the vacancy and that person can hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.

No decision has been made on a replacement. Mortimer will remain on the Canterbury Leagues Club Board.

“Passion for the game and passion for the Bulldogs is why Steve Mortimer is one of our ‘Hall of Famers’ however Steve has acknowledged that his comments have breached the Board Code of Conduct, accordingly Steve has tendered his resignation,” Dib said.

“Steve’s comments were his personal opinions and not the opinion of the Board. On behalf of the Board, I apologise to Des and his family for any distress they have caused. Steve has also offered his apologies to Des for his comments.

“As a Club we don’t want to lose Steve’s passion, we thank him for his significant contributions thus far and we welcome the opportunity to have him working with our players as part of the Alumni Mentoring Programme (AMP).”