Ryan keen to remain with the Bulldogs

He is rumoured to be out of the club, but if you ask him yourself, Bulldogs captain and second-rower Andrew Ryan said that he is keen to remain with the club in 2012.

As more headlines continue to emerge that the Canterbury board want both Ryan to leave, and for Moore to be sacked, Ryan felt as if he should have his own say.

“My preference is to stay at the Dogs,” Ryan said.

“It’s something we spoke about at the start of the season when I was coming back from injury. I’m feeling good and I want to play next year.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it all. I haven’t put a date on when to get it all done.

“If there was some semi-interest from an English club, I’d have a look at it. But for me, the priority is to stay here.”

For Ryan, at the age of 32, he can qualify for the long-serving player scheme, having been with the Bulldogs for 8 seasons – which means that he can receive $200,000, without the amount going towards the Dogs cap.

With Todd Greenberg, the Bulldogs Chief Executive set to make a decision on the future of Ryan within a month, for him, and the Bulldogs board, it is deciding which second-rowers to keep, that is the hard part.

“(Ryan) has told us he wants to be here again, and that’s the sign of a great club man,” Greenberg said.

“We just need to balance that desire out with the salary cap, the pathways for younger players coming through and making sure it all aligns together. It’s never an easy decision.”

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