The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have confirmed the appontment of Manly's dual premiership-winning coach Des Hasler as head coach from 2013.
Current caretaker coach will remain as head coach for the 2012 season, before taking the role of assistant coach under Hasler from 2013 onwards.
Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg said Hasler’s decision to link with the club on a four year deal, and Dymock’s commitment to lead in the interim, was a strong endorsement of the Bulldogs’ future direction.
“The signing of Des Hasler as head coach of the Bulldogs commencing in 2013 is a significant step in the life of the club,” Greenberg says.
“This move, together with the decision to give Jim Dymock the next 12 months to make his mark as a head coach, is all about giving our football program a long term focus, vision and structure.
“The sustained success we seek can only come with an approach that is all encompassing. The signing of Des Hasler is a decision that will have a positive and immediate impact on the club at every level, and in the years that follow.
“We are delighted to present Jim Dymock with the opportunity to coach the side in 2012. He is a quality person and a great coach. We have been in constant discussions with Jim and I’d like to thank him for his honesty, understanding, and ultimately his commitment throughout the process.
“We know that Jim relishes this opportunity and he will do everything he can to lead the Bulldogs back into the finals next season.
“In that same vein, we are also delighted that one of the best coaches of the modern era sees enough promise and opportunity to commit to coaching the Bulldogs starting in 2013.
Hasler, 50, who led the Sea Eagles to their third Grand Final and second premiership in his eight years as head coach , said he was looking forward to the challenge of coaching the Bulldogs.
Dymock, who prepared the Bulldogs to five wins from seven games following the mid-season departure of Kevin Moore, said he was looking forward to the opportunity that lay ahead.
“I am ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to be a head coach,” Dymock says.
“I enjoyed the role since taking control of the team and I’m confident that we will have success in 2012. We’ve been working very hard over the past month to get ready for pre-season, we’ll be in a new state of the art facility at Belmore and will have some fresh faces around the place from November 1.
“I’m also relishing the opportunity to work with Des from 2013, he is one of the best coaches in the game and I know I will become a better coach as a result of working with him.
“This is a tremendous coup for the club.”