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Georgallis keen on Cowboys coaching job

Interim Canterbury coach Steve Georgallis has confirmed he is interested in coaching North Queensland either as a head coach or an assistant.

Georgallis is open to opportunities after the Bulldogs signed Trent Barrett as the club’s next coach for three seasons, starting next year.

Georgallis hasn’t heard from the Cowboys, but he would like to open discussions.

“I’m prepared to put my hat in the ring for any job,” Georgallis said.

“As you well know, we are all off contract at the end of the year. Whether that be an assistant coach or a head coaching job.

“I’d also love to stay here (at Canterbury) as well.

“I haven’t talked to the club yet, but any interest would be great. Obviously, those head coaching jobs don’t come up too often, but I haven’t heard anything at the moment.”

Interim coach Steve Georgallis with Kieran Foran taking the Canterbury Bulldogs training session at Belmore on the Dean Pay stepped down as coach. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

On the recruitment front, Georgallis remains hopeful that five-eighth Kieran Foran will remain at Canterbury despite the playmaker rejecting the club’s initial offer of less than $400,000 for a season.

Foran had been linked to Newcastle where he would join lifelong friend, Mitchell Pearce.

“I think the negotiations are going quite well from what I hear,” Georgallis said.

“It hasn’t affected Kieran’s preparation.

“Mentally he wants to play this week and give it his best. I mean, I’m pretty sure he wants to stay here.”

Canterbury take on a Melbourne team without captain Cameron Smith and star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen on Saturday, but Georgallis is still wary of a potent Storm side.

“Those teams that are on top of the comp, there is a reason why,” Georgallis said.

“Through their clubs they are quite structured, and everyone knows their job, so they are going to be just as hard without Cameron Smith.

“The other Smith is quite a good player and he brings a lot to their style, and we are going to have to watch him around the ruck.

“The young fullback Nico Hynes has got an opportunity to show what he can do, so they (Melbourne) are going to be just as hard to beat.”

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