June 16, 2022
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Kikau disappointed with Barrett's departure

Fiji Bati and Penrith Panthers forward Viliame Kikau has expressed his disappointment after the departure of Canterbury Bulldogs head coach Trent Barrett today.
 
The Bulldogs recruit told Sydney Morning Herald that he “loved” being coached by him at the Panthers.
 
The 27-year-old barnstorming backrower signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown club on a four-year deal reportedly worth around $3.2 million.
 
Barrett was employed as an assistant to Ivan Cleary for the 2020 season, before penning a deal with the Bulldogs that same year.
 
Kikau emerged as one of the most damaging ball runners in the competition under his tutelage, which led to his signing at Belmore.
 
"I sent Baz a message a few days after that happened, and I wanted to check up on him," Kikau told The Sydney Morning Herald.
 
"He said he was all good. I always loved being coached under Baz when he was here. I really enjoyed it."
 
"When he went there (to Canterbury), he was the main reason why I went there. He's not there now."
 
"(With) some coaches, you just know you communicate with them, you know you can trust them, and they trust you, too. That was the feeling I got with him."
 
Bulldogs fans are eagerly waiting for the Fijian gun to pull on the blue and white stripe, but as it stands, Kikau doesn't know who he will be playing under in Belmore.
 
By Romeka Romena   


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