Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Phil Gould, Trent Barrett, Paul Vaughan, Tevita Pangai, Matt Dufty, Matt Burton, 2022 squad

As the Bulldogs line up for Round 1 in 2022, there will be a quiet reshuffle of the roster over a two-year period.
It’s the kind of transformation that requires a club willing to climb out of the box and show the rest of the NRL they’re a heavyweight once again.

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Of the 17 who started their Round 1 loss to Paramatta in 2020, only the likes of Josh Jackson, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Jeremy Marshall-King are expected to be eliminated.

The Bulldogs overhaul has seen Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Aiden Tolman and Reimis Smith depart, while Nick Meaney, Lachlan Lewis, Will Hopoate and Dylan Napa are expected to follow them out the door.

In return, Trent Barrett has brought in the likes of Matt Dufty, Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton and Brent Naden for 2022, along with Paul Vaughan and Tevita Pangai Jr, who look set to join Penrith for the rest of the season. of this year. – periodic deal, expected to call Belmore home.

Prediction XIII for Round 1 2022: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Josh Addo-Carr 3. Brent Naden 4. Nick Cotric 5. Tui Katoa 6. Matt Burton 7. Jake Averillo 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan * 11. Raymond Faitala- Mariner 12. Tevita Pangai Jr * 13. Josh Jackson

The appointment of Phil Gould as general manager of football will help the Dogs in negotiations in attracting a player of greater caliber to end their final drought.

At the very least, acquiring Gould will prevent players from finding out through a press release that they no longer want to, as happened with one player last season.

In the long run, Gould will be tasked with mirroring what he’s built in Penrith to provide Barrett – and whoever follows him – a steady stream of juniors to supplement his recruitment. surname.

Vaughan and Pangai have both won international titles and with an impressive striker and a backline of immense talent, the pressure will be enormous on Canterbury to return to the final.

Here see how the Bulldogs roster is shaping up for 2022…


Just arrived: Matt Burton

On the book: Jake Averillo, Kyle Flanagan, Jeremy Marshall-King, Brandon Wakeham

Outside contract: Brad Deitz, Lachlan Lewis, Sione Katoa

Analysis: The innings are the area of ​​greatest concern for Trent Barrett.

While he has assembled an attacking backline and a group of forwards with plenty of punches, the key playmaking roles leave you a bit to be desired.


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Matt Burton showed his dazzling form at Penrith wherever he was forced to fill.

Brandon Wakeham was excluded from the club’s bubble due to his attendance at the Bondi pub while Kyle Flanagan seems to have fallen out of favor twice this year.

“I think he needs a bit of work and I’m not going to give him up,” Laurie Daley told Big Sports Breakfast,

“But I think he has to get bigger because I think the teams have found him playing defensively. He needs to work on his strength and work to get the ball into the touchline.

“He needs to run the ball. I don’t think too many people would remove him from the Bulldogs and if they did, they would want to be paid a large portion of the salary.

Kyle Flanagan runs the ballSource: Getty Images

“Gus is going to give him confidence and trust and once he does that, the kid will go and bring everything on board.”

Jake Averillo has been in the innings this year, but is he more central than half back or five eighths.

At hooker, Sione Katoa has been linked with a move to England, while Brad Deitz his future after this year is not yet guaranteed.

Jeremy Marshall-King signed an extension two weeks ago to keep him at the club until 2023.

“I hope they have enough money left to get a quality No 9,” added Daley.

“It’s the part of the game they need if they want to climb the ladder quickly. [Brandon] Smith is the obvious one. “

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Just arrived: Paul Vaughan, Tevita Pangai (both TBC)

On the book: Matt Doorey, Adam Elliott, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Jack Hetherington, Josh Jackson, Ava Seumanufagai, Joe Stimson, Luke Thompson, Corey Waddell

Outside contract: Renouf Atoni, Dean Britt, Dylan Napa, Ofahiki Ogden, James Rouamanos, Chris Smith

Analysis: The Canterbury area is said to be the strongest as their area. Paul Vaughan and Tevita Pangai will both add some qualities to a herd that is honest and hard-working, but still has to fight.

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Pangai’s quality is obvious to see but there are concerns about his temperament, especially when he is paid a reported salary of $730,000 per year.

“He has all the ability in the world but he doesn’t show it consistently,” Daley said. “They have a strong core there with Josh Jackson, Luke Thompson and Jack Hetherington and a tough front pack.

“With Pangai, it was never about his ability, it was about his effort on effort approach.


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“But over the past few years he has promised a lot, but not consistently enough.

“If he can combine his potential and boost his morale, he will be a well-regarded man, but question marks remain.”

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Just arrived: Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Dufty, Brent Naden

On the book: Corey Allan, Nick Cotric, Tui Katoa

Outside contract: Christian Crichton, Will Hopoate, Jayden Okunbor

Analysis: a lot for Josh Addo-Carr’s promises to be given the chance to play full-back at Bulldogs!

With Matt Dufty When it comes to Belmore, Addo-Carr will likely switch to a winger in a changed backline.

Nick Cotric was sidelined at the end of the season after a mixed start to life after the Raiders.

Josh Addo-Carr will join the Dogs in 2022Source: Getty Images

Looking forward to his partner Brent Naden who has made an impression since the Panthers’ thirteenth return.

“With Burton, Addo-Carr, Dufty and Naden going there, they had some really good attacks in the backline,” Daley said.

“Those leaves I’m Katoa, who signed the extension on Monday, and Corey Allen to compete for the last spot on the wing.

Will Hopoate was made available all over the UK, while Jayden Okunbor has been linked to the Cowboys but is unlikely to head north for backup.

Christian Crichton was not seen in first grade this year due to an ACL injury.

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