Twelve months ago the Canterbury board were presented with two proposals. The first was a contract extension for the coach. The second was his termination and a blueprint to life after Hasler.
Dog days are over: The highs and lows of Des Hasler's coaching stint at Canterbury.
Departing Canterbury captain James Graham says Des Hasler's sacking at the NRL club is the wrong move, the forward crediting his mentor for taking him to his footballing limits.
Canterbury have sacked Des Hasler.
In what has been described as one of rugby league's most selfless gestures, departing Canterbury captain James Graham secretly offered to take a pay cut in an attempt to keep Josh Reynolds at Belmore.
James Graham will move to St George Illawarra next season on a three-year deal.
Two years ago Penrith hooker Peter Wallace walked into Phil Gould's office and was told it was time to retire. Now he will captain the Panthers in this year's finals series.
St George Illawarra and the Canterbury Bulldogs are finalising the details of a deal that will see James Graham join the Dragons on a three-year deal next season.
Josh Reynolds and James Graham held back tears after the match as they reflected on a turbulent season that has left a question mark over the future of coach Des Hasler.
St George Illawarra have blown their shot at qualifying for the NRL finals, finishing ninth on the ladder after they threw away a late lead to lose 26-20 to Canterbury.
Josh Reynolds was asked to provide a few words of advice to Kieran Foran, the man who will be replacing him as a Canterbury playmaker next year.
The NRL has locked in a historic double header in Perth to open the season next year, sneaking under the guard of the AFL to secure the rights to the first football game when the new stadium opens next year.
St George Illawarra will ramp up efforts to lure New Zealand international Adam Blair to the club after becoming frustrated with their pursuit of English firebrand James Graham.
On an afternoon where he had the chance to get one back on his critics, Jarryd Hayne turned in another average performance, an effort mirrored by his team as they lost 26-14 to the Dogs.
NSW coaching legend Phil Gould has rejected an approach to coach the Blues next season.
Michael Lichaa has admitted his game plan doesn't suit the coaching style of Des Hasler but insists there is no bad blood between he and the coach as he approaches his final two weeks at the Bulldogs.
In a season of under-performance and uncertainty, around their coach and the their salary cap for next year, smiles have been few and far between. They were back on the dials of Canterbury players, however, on Sunday after a 30-16 win over Manly.
Trent Barrett concedes Manly are in a hole and must "man up" and find a way out of it very soon.
Manly are walking an NRL finals tightrope after they were beaten 30-16 by Canterbury on Sunday.
The Canterbury Bulldogs have organised a recruitment and retention meeting for next week to outline a plan to get under the $9.4 million salary cap, with St George Illawarra making preliminary enquiries about the future of James Graham.