When a long-suffering Naga fan called out to McGregor’s head, McInnes told him Bentara on Monday night: “Mary hasn’t lost the dressing room.
“Nobody wants him to be fired. We will be angry if that happens. I don’t want to let it get there. What we can control is because the players don’t allow that to happen. That’s to us. We owe Mary.
“He is a player coach. Many people have been given a second chance by him, including me, and we want to fight for him.
“I understand patience is getting thinner with the fans. If there is any consolation for them, we are all very proud to wear Dragon jumpers and we want to do it right.
“We made more than 400 tackles against the Warriors and it felt like we were chasing our tails. We had to come out with more energy. We would come out with more energy against Canterbury and play according to the game plan given by our coach.”
Mick Ennis and former Dragon Jamie Soward have called on Hunt to be moved to role No.9, where he appears to be a greater threat of attack compared to workaholic defender McInnes.
Moving Hunt, however, presents the problem of who will replace it in part.
McInnes acknowledged that Hunt had acted as a dummy-half for Queensland and Australia, and although he preferred to remain a prostitute, he did not oppose going forward if McGregor thought it was the best.
“But none of the conversations ever took place,” McInnes said. “I want the team to win and, whatever the team needs to start clicking and winning, I’m happy to do it.”
Meanwhile, Foran confirmed that he would be available after his surgeon suggested he should skip Manly’s match and take advantage of the additional eight days to prepare Naga.
Thigh pain experienced last week was not a problem when he finished his running session on Monday.
The return of Foran was a big boost for the Bulldogs, who had offered few attacks in the opening three rounds.
“I could have violated specialist advice and played [against Manly]”But if it means losing one game and getting the chance to play the next 17, that is the right call,” Foran told Bentara.
“The Dragons will be a very hungry and desperate football team. Ben Hunt is a quality player, he criticizes like me, which applies to the region when you sign the big deal. People expect a ’10 / 10 ‘performance every week ‘
Christian covered the rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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