Ron Griffiths has been reappointed as Kurri Kurri Bulldogs coach for next season following a selection meeting on Tuesday night.
The official announcement was made on Wednesday morning with Griffiths backed to have a second term at the club.
Griffiths was given a one-year deal when he took over from Bulldogs legend Phil Williams at the end of last season.
After reviewing his performance, despite sitting last on the Newcastle Rugby League ladder, Kurri’s committee opted to keep Griffiths.
“We wish to congratulate Ron on his reappointment and thank him for the work he has done this year given some tough conditions with key injuries and player movement,” the Bulldogs posted on their Facebook page.
Elsewhere and Maitland will conduct six interviews on Thursday and Friday for the Pickers coaching role in 2018 after applications closed on the weekend.
Western Suburbs and South Newcastle are expected to re-sign Matt Lantry and Ben Cross respectively.
Central Newcastle will again employ the services of Craig Miller next year after agreeing to terms last month while Lakes went with Todd Edwards to replace outgoing mentor Dean Noonan beyond 2017.
Adam Bettridge and Steve Kidd are midway through two-season deals at Macquarie and Cessnock respectively.