Canterbury winger Josh Addo-Carr says Mick Potter would have his full support if he chose to take a coaching job elsewhere from 2023.
Since taking over from Trent Barrett on an interim basis in May, Potter has hoisted the Bulldogs from the bottom of the ladder by reinvigorating their attack.
The Bulldogs have yet to name their head coach beyond this season but have been linked to highly-rated Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo, who is out of contract.
Potter is keen to stay on in the Bulldogs' football department next year but this week said he would also be open to taking on a head coaching job at a rival club.
Aside from the Bulldogs', no role is currently vacant for 2023 but that could soon change, with the positions of Adam O'Brien and Justin Holbrook at Newcastle and Gold Coast looking tenuous.
Addo-Carr said he would back Potter as head coach of the Bulldogs or a rival club.
"The decision is up to him," Addo-Carr told AAP.
"I'll support him no matter what he does; if he coaches here or he coaches somewhere else.
"I'm sure whatever he decides to do, he'll be good for anywhere."
Addo-Carr has benefited immensely under Potter; the winger has scored eight tries from eight games and produced five of his six try assists this season under his new coach.
He said Potter's effectiveness as a coach could be traced back to his people skills.
"He's close with all the boys," Addo-Carr said.
"Everyone's really enjoying him as a coach at the moment but as a person as well. He's a really good bloke who gets along with everyone."
Finals are off the table for the Bulldogs but Addo-Carr said there was plenty to be gained from the remaining five weeks of the season, starting with Sunday's clash with second-placed North Queensland.
"It's about building combinations, enjoying our footy, and bringing life back to the Bulldogs" he said.
"I think we're doing that. We're putting smiles on people's faces.
"We're just having fun. We love working hard for each other."
Australian Associated Press
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