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Head Coach Des Hasler this morning spoke with the media ahead of the Bulldogs clash with the Panthers on Thursday night at Pepper Stadium.

Hasler this morning was asked about the board meeting on Tuesday night, the team's performances, comments made by people out side of Belmore, the final six games of the season, whether he has started to look towards 2018 and does he believe his side can reach the finals this year.

"It was just a regular board meeting. It was a run-of-the-mill board meeting. Discussing various issues, budgets, boring things like that and moving forward," said Hasler.

Canterbury will head to Pepper Stadium on Thursday night looking to erase the memories of their previous encounter against Penrith in Round 13.

Currently sitting in 13th, the Bulldogs need a win against the ninth placed Panthers to stay within reach of the finals.

"We are six wins from making the finals and the players want to work really hard and are striving really hard, particularly for the fans, who it's been pretty tough for. We want to finish strong. We're just thinking about winning the next game. We're certainly not giving up," Hasler added.

The Bulldogs head into the Round 21 fixture off the back of a seven day turnaround, while the Panthers have only five days to prepare for the clash following their win over the Titans last weekend.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.