Bulldogs players 'sad' to hear of cleanout

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak says the battling Bulldogs need to focus on winning games.
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak says the battling Bulldogs need to focus on winning games.

Canterbury star Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was saddened to learn of the Bulldogs' plans for a full-blown coaching cleanout at season's end but says the players must focus on winning NRL games again.

The last-placed Dogs have set a goal of winning their remaining seven matches, starting with Sunday's clash against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval, and Watene-Zelezniak is adamant that's achievable.

And maybe that's the only scenario that can save interim coach Steve Georgallis, high-performance manager Tony Ayoub, strength and conditioning coach Harry Harris, former Bulldogs forward and trainer Tony Grimaldi and skills coach Steve James.

All five heads are said to be on the chopping block as part of a dramatic overhaul by incoming coach Trent Barrett.

"I just found out before. I don't know the full story and the logistics," Watene-Zelezniak said on Thursday.

"They're really good people, they are like family too, so it's sad to see them go.

"But I don't know everything that's going on."

Watene-Zelezniak's bigger concern is adjusting to the wing again after a backline reshuffle that resulted in Nick Meaney claiming the No.1 jumper.

"It's a bit hard to get used to a position when you're changing a lot but when a team's not going well, there's times when you've just got to try things," Watene-Zelezniak said.

"I just do my part for the team wherever I can and whatever the coach says, I've just got to take on board and give 100 per cent to the team.

"Fullback's always been my preferred position but wherever the coaches need me, I'll happily play and give my best.

"I just want to win."

The Bulldogs won five of their last six games from a similar position last year and insist collecting the wooden spoon hasn't been discussed.

Australian Associated Press