Josh Reynolds watches on from the stands in round 10 after injuring his hamstring.
Josh Reynolds watches on from the stands in round 10 after injuring his hamstring. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Reynolds return set to boost battling Bulldogs

CANTERBURY will hoping Josh Reynolds can make a return to the line-up for next Monday's clash with St George Illawarra.

The Bulldogs haven't won a match since the star five-eighth suffered a hamstring strain in round nine.

They suffered a 0-38 loss to Penrith on Sunday, in what was coach Des Hasler's 350th game as a senior coach.

It equalled the record for their heaviest defeat under the two-time premiership-winning coach.

The Bulldogs have now lost four games in succession and are in 14th spot, four points out of the top eight.

"He'll be reviewed early in the week," Hasler said of Reynolds. "We'll have a look at him.

"I just think his experience of course, and definitely what he brings as far as energy, he's really something we're missing at the moment. But it's not an excuse."

 

Trent Merrin of the Panthers makes a break against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium
Trent Merrin of the Panthers makes a break against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium CRAIG GOLDING

James Graham and Brett Morris are also expected to be available.

"Sure we've got players backing up and sure we've got players out, but it wasn't acceptable, certainly at a first-grade standard," Hasler said of the capitulation to the Panthers.

"And the players accept that and they know that. The players have got to work, everyone's got to work hard at it.

"The fundamentals are pretty simple - that's an even share of possession ... we're just not managing and executing our possession well."

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