Cameron Ciraldo has landed his first NRL head coaching gig when it was announced he had agreed a five-year deal to take over the Canterbury Bulldogs from 2023.
One of the best coaching minds in the game, Ciraldo spent several years under Ivan Cree at Penrith Panthers.
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He also turned down several offers for the head coaching position, including one from West Tigers in June.
Ciraldo has been heavily linked with the vacancy at Bellmore after Trent Barrett stepped down from the role earlier this season.
The 38-year-old, who will become the youngest head coach in the NRL next season, is no stranger to Bulldogs GM of football Phil Gould when the two worked together at the Panthers.
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Ciraldo’s signing could also keep star five-eighth Matt Burton at the club and be a huge boost to the club’s playing squad.
Ciraldo takes over a resurgent Bulldogs outfit under interim coach Mick Potter.
His departure is undoubtedly a big blow for the Panthers as Cleary must now look for two new assistants following the departures of Ciraldo and Andrew Webster, who will take over the New Zealand Warriors in 2023.
More to come…