Ryan Carr‘s tenure as interim coach of the Dragons has been a whirlwind of emotions. Taking over after Anthony Griffin‘s departure, Carr made an immediate impact with a thrilling win over the Roosters in his debut match. He followed that up with a victory against long-time rivals Souths. However, the subsequent nine games have been a mixed bag for Carr, as he had to navigate Ben Hunt‘s desire to leave the club and suffered heavy losses to the Warriors and Sharks. Nevertheless, Carr remains passionate about coaching and expressed his love for the job, especially at a proud club like the Dragons.
Carr’s determination to keep coaching has only grown stronger despite the challenges he has faced. He believes that everyone can see the commitment and improvement of the players under his tutelage. Although the Dragons will miss out on the finals again this year, Carr takes pride in the fact that the team has refrained from making excuses and prioritised the team’s success.
The Dragons‘ players have embraced a team-first mentality, which has been evident in their performances. They have learned valuable lessons throughout the season and Carr is confident that these experiences will benefit the team in the long run. He commends the players for their unwavering accountability and hopes they can end the season with a win, as they deserve it. However, Carr acknowledges that victory won’t come easily and that hard work is necessary to achieve it.
Despite speculation about his future and a potential move to the Wests Tigers in 2024, Carr is solely focused on finishing the 2023 season on a positive note. He remains steadfast in his commitment to the Dragons and believes it is his responsibility to prioritize the team’s needs. Carr takes pride in how the team has conducted themselves throughout the season and acknowledges the importance of delivering results. Ending the season with a win would provide a satisfying conclusion for Carr and the Dragons.