“The NRL is generally not a patient sport, but that said, some things simply take time. Giving a coach only 12 months with an inherited squad and several challenges was not an option for the current Board and Management.
“We support our people and believe in Dean’s ability and want to provide him with the best environment to succeed.”
Bulldogs chair Lynne Anderson stressed it was an unanimous decision on behalf of the club’s board, which swept to power last year in a bitter struggle for power at Belmore.
She said it would be “unfair” to judge Pay on last year’s performances given the club’s salary cap predicament.
Said Pay: “I’d firstly like to thank the board for the faith that they have shown in me and I’m genuinely excited about the future of this club.
“We have a young squad that has great potential and anything we achieve in the future will be based on the simple principles of hard work and togetherness. This is a proud club with an incredibly passionate supporter base and I want us to play the type of football that brings them the success that they deserve.”
Pay has swung the selection axe for the last-placed Bulldogs’ clash with the ladder-leading Tigers at Campbelltown on Sunday.
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