Potter rules out Dragons
Australian coach insists French chapter is closed
Last Updated: 08/09/12 7:22pm
Mick Potter: Will not be returning to the Catalan Dragons
Mick Potter ruled himself out of the running to replace Trent Robinson at the Catalan Dragons after Bradford's play-off hopes were ended in France.
The Bulls needed to win in Perpignan and hope Wakefield lost at Salford to book an against-all-odds top-eight spot, but their hopes were dashed with a 50-26 loss.
Had they not been deducted six points for financial troubles they would have made the grade with some ease, but their season is now over and so it appears is Potter's time in charge.
He has worked without pay for two months after being made redundant and, when Robinson announced that he was heading to the Sydney Roosters, Potter - a former Catalan coach - seemed the perfect fit.
"I spent three enjoyable years living and working in France and I think that is a chapter of my life that has gone and both the club and I need to look to the future."
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Potter played down the reports, commenting: "I spent three enjoyable years living and working in France and I think that is a chapter of my life that has gone and both the club and I need to look to the future."
Robinson confirmed on Friday that his future is in Australia, and he praised his players, in particular hat-trick scoring full-back Clint Greenshields, for handling the news well.
"Clint was unbelievable out there," said Robinson. "We weren't going to lose that game with him on the field.
"Obviously things have happened over the last 48 hours that can rock a team, and Clint led the way out there for us.
"He was turning up, saving and scoring tries and that shows the true character of him."
Robinson's spell in charge has been underpinned by his faith in French players, praising a number of the club's homegrown stars.
"I thought our French players held us together," he continued. "Remi Casty, David Ferriol, Greg Mounis and Jamal Fakir... We had some really strong players.
"The French players were mentally strong today and dug deep. They helped us get over the line."
Potter was pleased enough with Bradford's start, but felt they were ultimately not good enough to claim the points.
"It was a poor end today. We had a bright start," said Potter.
"We have had a few games like that this season. We came up with 13 errors in the second half, which is poor.
"You cannot give a team like Catalan 13 extra sets in your half if you want a chance of winning the game. The score is a reflection of how the game went.
"We were pretty competitive in the first half but then we fell away with too many unforced errors."