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Bulldogs coach Moore signs new contract

09/04/2010 07:56:14 PM Comments (0)

Canterbury prop Michael Hodgson is hoping Kevin Moore's decision to commit his future to the NRL club will go some way to earning him a new contract at the end of the season.

The former Parramatta, Canberra and Gold Coast bookend was close to hanging up his boots until Moore signed him on a two-year deal in 2009, and he credits the coach for reviving his career.

Moore signed a two-year extension to his contract on Friday to take him through until the end of 2012 and Hodgson said the news was good for the club and the players.

"He instils a lot of confidence in players, that is one of his strong attributes, he's definitely helped me even though I am an older player, but I feel I have learned a lot and played my best footy under him," Hodgson told AAP.

Hodgson, who was one of the mainstays of the Bulldogs' excellent 2009 campaign, is currently sidelined with a leg injury.

The 30-year-old is among a handful of players off contract at the end of the year and admitted he needed another strong season to secure a new deal.

"Nothing has been said or done yet, my future is definitely not secure in rugby league and it is about me getting back as soon as I can so I can show Kevvy and anyone else in the game that I am still keen to play," he said.

"I love it at the Dogs and it would be ideal for me to stay but it is up to Kevin and everyone else there to make a decision."

Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg said Moore thoroughly deserved an improved deal, and believed the long-term future of the club was in safe hands, despite a poor start to the season.

Having lost three of their first four games, the Bulldogs have looked a shadow of the side that dominated the early rounds of last year.

However, Greenberg said re-signing Moore is all part of a long-term strategy for success.

"He was on a two-year deal last year and obviously becoming Dally M coach of the year he perhaps exceeded expectations, but as I have said many times, that was one year and that is very much's Kev's philosophy," Greenberg told AAP.

"There's no doubt we haven't played as well as we want to, but we are in it for the bigger picture and that includes showing faith in good quality people like Kevin and that augurs well for this club."

Greenberg admits talks with off-contract players like Hodgson and veteran halfback Brett Kimmorley have yet to start and refused to be drawn on who would be retained.

"We have four or five coming off contract at the end of the year and we will make those decisions as the season progresses.

"We are looking at our retention rather than our recruitment right now and we will make decisions over the next couple of months."

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