DES Hasler will remain at Belmore until the end of 2017, after agreeing to a two-year extension with Canterbury officials over the off-season.
Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle declined to confirm the deal when contacted last night, but take it as fact the news will be announced very shortly.
Hasler is not a free agent until the end of next season. However, Canterbury wanted to move quickly to tie-up the two-time premiership sinner and avoid a likely bidding war with Brisbane and Newcastle, whose respective coaches, Anthony Griffin and Wayne Bennett, also finish-up in 2015.
The contract extension comes as his old club, Manly, also put the finishing touches on a new two-year deal for Geoff Toovey. Hasler's former assistant will also be rewarded for his impressive transition to head coaching with an upgrade for this season. Expect the Toovey announcement to be made after next week's Sea Eagles board meeting.
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