Georgallis refuses to give up on coaching dream

Canterbury interim coach Steve Georgallis is desperate to find another NRL coaching job despite being told he is unwanted at the Bulldogs under Trent Barrett next season.

Georgallis faces a return to the reserve grade ranks after receiving no interest from rival NRL teams for 2021 and beyond.

But after having another taste of first grade head coaching with the Bulldogs this season, he is desperate to secure another deal.

“I would be interested in any sort of coaching job in the NRL,” Georgallis said.

“At the moment a few of those clubs that are having a few changes are going through the processes of what they are looking for next year.

“It probably won’t be until around the finals in October when I get some information back.

“But I’ve been coaching for a while now and I love coaching.

“I have a passion for it, but unfortunately with the circumstances this year with COVID-19 no one really knows what is happening next year in relation to reserve grade and things like that.”

Georgallis has only claimed one win in his nine games in charge of Canterbury this season.

Despite the disappointing results, he believes he has learnt valuable lessons through the battle that comes with losing.

“When you are winning, I guess it can be quite easy to coach,” he said.

“But (it’s tough) when you are just losing and the players are showing the effort during the week.

“But it just helps to add all of that experience. I’ve been here before and know what works.”

The last-placed Canterbury are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon with two regular season rounds remaining.

The Bulldogs take on South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.

Winger Jayden Okunbor is set for a big game against Souths. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

Georgallis is expecting a big game from winger Jayden Okunbor, who scored a try in his first game this season against Manly last week.

Okunbor and former Bulldogs teammate Corey Harawira-Naera, who is now at Canberra, had their contracts deregistered in April after inappropriate behaviour after a high school coaching clinic in Port Macquarie.

Despite the setback, the pair won an appeal in July to have their NRL deals reinstated.

Georgallis believes Okunbor is ready to redeem his career.

“He (Jayden) had been out of the bubble for 10 weeks, but he got back in and got stuck into training for three weeks and really impressed,” he said.

“Our opposed sessions are pretty full-on and physical. His first game back was a little bit rusty, but in the second half he got into the swing of things.

“Hopefully, he can turn that into a full game this week.”

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