Bulldogs NRL captain Josh Jackson goes into bat for former coach Trent Barrett

Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson has described outgoing coach Trent Barrett as the “most well-rounded” coach he has ever had, as he placed blame on the playing group for the NRL team’s poor start to the season.

Barrett stepped down as Canterbury coach on Sunday, before the club had been set to hold a board meeting to discuss his future at Belmore.

“To my knowledge, the board were going to sit down on Monday and have a chat about the future and the results — I asked if I could speak to them and let them know [Barrett] has the support of all the players,” Jackson said.

“I don’t feel let down by Trent. I understand his position, but I’d like Trent to be here, obviously.

“He’s the most well-rounded coach I’ve ever had — a great communicator, motivator, great footy intelligence — he’s been fantastic for me.”

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