Canterbury Bulldogs players praise Cameron Ciraldo


“We had an inkling it will be Ciro, however we weren’t precisely positive. ‘Pottsy’ [caretaker coach Mick Potter] has been doing an important job, and now we all know we are able to end the 12 months off strongly underneath him – he has a lot respect from the gamers – after which subsequent 12 months we’ll look ahead to Ciro coming.”


Famous person five-eighth Matt Burton advised the Herald within the lead-up to the conflict towards the Cowboys earlier this month that one in every of Ciraldo’s greatest strengths was his communication with gamers.

“He’s an important coach who will get issues throughout to the gamers simply, he’s a wise man,” Burton mentioned. “The best way he presents himself and does the little issues like that, it’s vital.”

Burton mentioned on the time that Ciraldo’s appointment wouldn’t essentially be a deal-breaker when it got here to his personal future and reiterated that he was having fun with life at Belmore.

Simply as Wayne Bennett vowed to not plunder the South Sydney roster after he departed the membership and joined NRL newcomers the Dolphins, Penrith don’t anticipate Ciraldo to lure a handful of Panthers throughout with him to Belmore.

Ciraldo has spent years working with the premiership membership, and Liam Martin, Stephen Crichton and Brian To’o are among the many gamers off contract on the finish of subsequent 12 months who’ve a bond with the assistant. So, too, does Spencer Leniu, who was a one-time Canines’ goal.

Panthers officers mentioned on Monday they had been assured they might preserve the consultant trio, and negotiations with Crichton, Martin and To’o had been progressing effectively.

They mentioned there could be no such clauses that prohibit Ciraldo signing Penrith gamers, but when he did have an curiosity in somebody, he would inform them of his intentions.

In the meantime, the Panthers are closing in on signing Broncos ahead Zac Hosking who has performed two video games for Brisbane this season.

Ciraldo solid a detailed bond with first-year NRL head coach Craig Fitzgibbon who initially wished Ciraldo as his personal assistant this season at Cronulla, and has the Sharks proper within the hunt for a top-two end.

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