'Dogs coach Folkes to quit at season end

The Bulldogs' Steve Folkes has become the latest NRL coach to quit his post at season's end.

The Bulldogs have called a press conference for 3.30pm (AEST) Monday and News Ltd websites reported that Folkes told club chief executive Todd Greenberg and his players of his decision earlier on Monday.

"I have been giving the matter plenty of thought in recent weeks and I feel the decision is the right one and not only for me but for the club as well," News Ltd quoted Folkes as saying in a statement.

"My decision will end the speculation that's been rife for the past few months about my future and will enable me and the players to get on with the job of winning football matches and being in contention at the business end of the season."

The off-contract mentor, in his 11th year as the Dogs boss, joins Brisbane's Wayne Bennett, North Queensland's Graham Murray, Canberra's Neil Henry and St George Illawarra's Nathan Brown among the NRL's coaches who will not continue with their current clubs in 2009.

He coached the Bulldogs to the 2004 NRL premiership.

Folkes' assistant Kevin Moore and English Super League coaches Michael Potter and Daniel Anderson are among the contenders to replace the former Test second-rower.

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