The Courier-Mail

Axe hovers over 10 Dogs as club looks at overhaul

- DEAN RITCHIE

UP TO 10 Canterbury stars face being dumped because the club’s seven-member board is fast running out of patience.

The Bulldogs are preparing to rip this year’s underachie­ving squad apart in a desperate bid to be aggressive in the open market.

A 0-5 start has Canterbury’s board nervously monitoring every aspect of the football club’s operations.

A loss to fellow cellar-dweller North Queensland on Sunday afternoon in Townsville will only add to the growing angst at Belmore.

There is no suggestion coach Trent Barrett’s position is tenuous but the board won’t be sitting idle. Canterbury’s board is becoming increasing­ly uneasy over the awful results amid accusation­s players “are not aiming up”. Off-contract players Will Hopoate (pictured), Dylan Napa, Sione Katoa, Ofahiki Ogden, Lachlan Lewis, Christian Crichton, Dean Britt, Jeremy Marshall-King, Brandon Wakeham and Chris Smith will struggle to be re-signed.

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