Former coach Des Hasler has reached an out-of-court settlement with NRL club Canterbury.Canterbury and Des Hasler won’t be heading back to court over the former NRL coach’s sacking, with the two parties agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.
Hasler and the Bulldogs were due back in the NSW Supreme Court later this month after the two-time premiership-winning coach attempted to sue the club following his axing last September.
But that’s been avoided after the Bulldogs announced on Friday night the two parties had reached an undisclosed financial settlement, with the agreement covered by a non-disclosure cause.
“It was important for the club to be able to bring this matter to a close and move forward. Our members and fans deserve that,” Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said.
“With this matter resolved we can now look forward to the future and making sure that we put all our energies in to making the Bulldogs great again.
“It is a time for stability and to build a strong base for the future. With this matter now closed we are in a position to do that.
“We we would also like to wish Des all the best for the future.”
Hasler was sacked by the previous Bulldogs administration at the end of last season, after he failed to guide the team to the finals for the first time in his six-year tenure.
However it came after the club announced his re-signing just five months earlier.
At the time of his sacking, former chairman Ray Dib claimed that April renewal was only a heads of agreement, and it was therefore non-binding and that Hasler was not entitled to a payout.
However the former NSW and Kangaroos playmaker contested that, filing papers for breach of contract in the NSW Supreme Court last November.
Australian Associated Press