Kurri Kurri coach Ron Griffiths remains unsure if he'll get appointed to coach the Bulldogs again next Newcastle Rugby League season but the current mentor will be submitting an application.
The Bulldogs have officially advertised for all 2020 coaching positions and Griffiths said he was interested in a fourth term at Kurri.
"It happens like this every year," Griffiths told the Newcastle Herald on Monday.
"I'll re-apply and just see what happens.
"Hopefully I get it again, but if the committee finds someone else then I'll have to move on."
Griffiths, who has previously been in charge of Maitland as well, went from Kurri's assistant to head coach in 2017.
The Bulldogs finished with the wooden spoon in his first season before falling one game short of a grand final appearance last year.
Kurri are now sitting fifth on the 2019 competition ladder. Five points separate third to last spots with four regular rounds left.
Applications close on August 11, three weeks out from the finals series.
The man Griffiths replaced at Kurri's helm, Phil Williams, recently re-signed with Central Newcastle for a second season at the Butcher Boys in 2020.
Cessnock are in their first campaign back under former Goannas mentor Todd Edwards while South Newcastle had one former NRL prop hand over to another with Andrew Ryan picking up from 2018 premiership winner Ben Cross.
Luke Dorn's in season number two at the Maitland Pickers, but it marks his first time coaching only after retiring from playing at the end of last year.