Canterbury Bulldogs; Phil Gould’s Training Explosion; Trent Barrett, news, updates, what happened, video

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Phil Gould has taken the extraordinary step of holding a Bulldogs training session on Tuesday after giving the players a fierce spray as Canterbury look to snap their six-match losing streak.

In the first major sign that Gould is taking a more hands-on approach at Belmore, the Bulldogs’ general manager of football made his presence felt in a video team meeting followed by an on-field session.

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Gould reportedly praised the Bulldogs NSW Cup side for beating the Mounties before giving midfielder Kyle Flanagan and other players a rocket.

When Gould’s video session and analysis ended, the Bulldogs’ general manager of football played a major role in the club’s training session.

It came just weeks after Gould angrily defended the club’s decision to play Flanagan against Premiers Penrith despite having no playing time in either Tests or the regular season.

“Kyle Flanagan from what I see, and I watch most of his training sessions. I’m not part of the coaching staff, I don’t train, but I’m in the sessions a lot. Kyle has been very involved all the time. the training sessions we’ve had,” he said.

“He’s at every team meeting, he’s at every video session. It’s an integral part of what the club is doing.”

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While Gould used his podcast to claim he wasn’t involved with the players, the picture was much different in Belmore on Tuesday.

Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett told Fox Sports he was more than comfortable with Gould’s input as Canterbury-Bankstown look for the club’s second win of the season when they take on title contenders the Sydney Roosters, Saturday.

“It is not the first time that Gus has spoken with the players. He and I talk daily, often more than ten times a day,” Barrett said.

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“We thought it was a good idea. We had a chat last week about some stats we keep and then Gus came in and introduced him to the team.

“There was a big improvement in the first half against the Broncos, but then there were a couple of things that I thought Gus could help us with. He was fine.”

Gould was candid with the Bulldogs’ playgroup about the defensive elements of his seventh-round performance against the Broncos before heading to the Belmore Oval to lead the club’s practice session.

“I wanted Gus to have a voice in a certain part of the field and give the team a little bit of a boost around our discipline and our line speed,” Barrett said.

“I have no drama at all because Gus can help us. That’s what he’s for. He has been fantastic to me.

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“He also wants to win and we all want results, so if he thinks he can help with a couple of things, then of course he helps. We are all in this together”.

The Bulldogs orchestrated a gutsy first-round win over the Cowboys in Townsville, but have since lost six straight despite a major offseason recruiting drive in terms of the club’s roster.

Canterbury-Bankstown added Matt Burton, Josh Addo-Carr, Tevita Pangai Jnr, Brent Naden, Paul Vaughan and Matt Dufty to the blue and white roster during the offseason but have so far failed to turn big-name recruits into results. .

Gould previously took on a more hands-on role in coaching during his time as general manager of football at Penrith and even from when he was manager at the Sydney Roosters in 2002 when Ricky Stuart was in his first season as NRL boss. trainer.

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