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Lamb backs Dymock for Bulldogs job

David Beniuk 11/08/2011 01:18:42 PM Comments (0)

Canterbury great Terry Lamb has thrown his support behind Bulldogs caretaker coach Jim Dymock to take the job on permanently.

The NRL club is on the hunt for a replacement for the sacked Kevin Moore for 2012, with ex-assistant Dymock having assumed the reins since round 19.

Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg says he's received more than a dozen applications for the job, and previously confirmed he'd spoken with NSW State of Origin coach Ricky Stuart, but on Thursday said Dymock was in the "box seat".

Lamb, who won a premiership with Dymock in 1995, backed his former team-mate.

"Jimmy's done great in the last three weeks," Lamb told AAP.

"Jimmy's got the respect of the players, he's very casual, he makes some jokes now and again, he's very relaxed as a coach so I think he deserves a chance.

"I know he only had three or four years here (as a player).

"He loves this joint, he won a grand final with us in '95 and it bonds players, winning grand finals, and he knows what the bond's all about."

The Bulldogs want to give Dymock the rest of the season as an audition and Greenberg said a decision would be likely in around a month.

Four points outside the top eight, Canterbury are still a mathematical chance of making the finals.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs say they could be playing a couple of NRL home games each season in years to come at a redeveloped Belmore Sports Ground.

The Dogs will return to their spiritual home in November after $9 million was spent on training and administration facilities.

They will play a trial against the Sydney Roosters in February but are seeking more funding to upgrade spectator facilities.

"We are hoping in time we could play a couple of games a year here," said Greenberg, whose club has a deal with ANZ Stadium until 2015.

"There's no doubt that that's a real and genuine proposal."

Injured hooker and 2012 captaincy candidate Michael Ennis backed the idea.

"I thinkthat's where we've got to get to," he said.

"Whenever we play sides like Parramatta and the Tigers and St George I can understand why that would be played at ANZ.

"No disrespect to sides like Canberra and the Warriors, but when they travel I think that would be a perfect opportunity to play those games here."

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