“Trent has accomplished a tremendous job since returning to the membership and we see him having a long-term future right here,” O’Neill informed the Herald.
Penrith counterpart Brian Fletcher phoned Hill about an unrelated matter on Monday earlier than the Canterbury boss informed him the membership deliberate to talk to Barrett as a part of their teaching search.
Trent has accomplished a tremendous job since returning to the membership and we see him having a long-term future right here.
He’s anticipated to be one in all a lot of candidates sounded out in regards to the job, which can not less than include loads of salary-cap arsenal, if not a battle to draw high-profile recruits to a membership anticipated to overlook the finals for a fourth straight 12 months.
Barrett is contracted to the Panthers till the tip of 2021, however has an endeavor he can converse to O’Neill and Penrith powerbrokers if he needs to return to the head-coaching ranks elsewhere.
The Barrett innuendo comes as no main shock to the Panthers after weeks of hypothesis the Bulldogs would resolve to maneuver on Pay on the finish of the season.
The membership is rooted to the underside of the NRL desk with one win from 9 matches this season and agreed final 12 months to increase Pay’s deal by one other 12 months.
The Canterbury coach mentioned “it will be in everybody’s pursuits” if the board made a name on his future after shedding to the struggling Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night time.
Barrett emerged from a short stint within the teaching wilderness to assist Brad Fittler’s NSW State of Origin preparations final 12 months having walked out on Manly, which he led for 3 years between 2016-18.
The membership reached the finals in 2017, however solely prevented the picket spoon the next 12 months due to the Eels. Barrett completed with 27 wins from 73 video games answerable for Manly and is predicted to take time over any Bulldogs strategy.
Barrett nonetheless has a detailed relationship with Sea Eagles stars together with Jake and Tom Trbojevic and has fashioned a robust help workers at Penrith, together with Cameron Ciraldo.
Adam Pengilly is a Sports activities reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.