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The future of head coach Anthony Griffin is reportedly under the microscope after the Dragons have reportedly sacked two of their assistant coaches for next season.

According to SMH, Griffin has informed assistants Peter Gertle and Matthew Head that they are not wanted next year, but both will stay on for the rest of the 2022 season.

Reports suggest the St George Illawarra club are temporarily putting their faith in Griffin, with chief executive Ryan Webb confirming the two assistants were informed of the decision on Tuesday.

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According to Webb, the club are looking to make plans ahead of the 2023 season in hopes of improving mid-season.

The Dragons will reportedly begin the search for new assistants in the coming weeks, hoping to build a system around Griffin to ensure a footballing future in the coming years.

Earlier, Fox League’s James Hooper reported that there was “rebellion” in the Red V playing group.

Since then, Dragon officials have publicly chastised players who broke the news to the media, saying, “You don’t go crying and crying.”

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“The players are not part of the team who don’t want to stick together,” Young told News Corp.

“The expectation at this club is that when things are difficult and we find a way, we push through to the other side.

“You don’t go huffing and puffing, you roll up your sleeves and work hard and get through it. You don’t go and be angry with anyone. We all need to stick together.

Meanwhile, the NRL coaching landscape has become a hot topic – with Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo’s future still up in the air.

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Reports suggest he is a strong contender to take over the Bulldogs, with colleague Andrew Webster taking on the Warriors head coaching role for the 2023 season.

The Mountaineers are also looking for a pair of assistant coaches.

The Tigers have made a big move to lock down a star-studded coaching staff for 2023. Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah are assistants for Tim Shins.

Tigers assistant Ben Gardiner, who stepped down as head coach on Sunday, has been told his services will no longer be required in 2023.

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