Former Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett is closing in on an NRL return and could join his former club the Dragons as an assistant coach in 2023.
The former Dragons half has been highly praised as an assistant coach during his time at the Panthers, however Barrett has failed to have similar success as head coach.
During his time as head coach of the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs, Barrett’s record sits at 34 wins out of 107 games.
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Despite stepping down as head coach from the Bulldogs, the Red V are eager to have the former Country representative onboard as an assistant coach at the beginning of 2023.
Dragons Chief Executive Ryan Webb confirmed the speculation, conceding the 44-year-old is a prospect the club are keeping a close eye on.
“There have been plenty of people putting their hands up for the assistant jobs,” Webb told The Daily Telegraph.
“I know Trent’s very highly thought of as someone who connects very well with players. He wouldn’t be on the short list if he wasn’t highly respected.
“Does he have the qualities to compliment our coach? As an assistant I think he does so he’s definitely in the mix.
“It’s the coach’s team so it will be his decision. We’ll look at what we think he needs and Hook will do the same.”
The Dragons are currently in the midst of a coaching clean out, with assistant coaches Peter Gentle and Matthew Head set to depart the Red V, while former English captain James Graham was let go recently.
Barrett’s return to the club will add some experience to the assistant coaching roster in an aim for the club to reach the top eight in 2023, following a disappointing and inconsistent 2022 season.
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