Struggling Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans have made Justin Holbrook one of their main coaching targets as they plan to make changes at the top.
Dean Pay and Garth Brennan, who currently coach the NRL’s two bottom sides, are under mounting pressure having won only four league games apiece all year.
Saints boss Holbrook has emerged as a contender for both jobs after failing to sign a contract extension with Super League’s runaway leaders.
Holbrook said last month that signing the new deal is just a formality, however talks have cooled since and speculation has started over a potential return down under.
Since taking charge in 2017, Holbrook has made Saints the best team to watch in Super League and was linked with the Penrith Panthers job last year.
St Helens are still confident of extending his deal but The Daily Telegraph in Sydney are reporting the Bulldogs want Holbrook to become their new head coach.
It would be a move that would suit the 43-year-old, having already been on the Bulldogs’ coaching staff prior to becoming Trent Robinson’s assistant at the Roosters.
The Titans are also looking at Holbrook, although Cronulla assistant Jim Dymock is the current favourite to take over should the club sack Brennan.