Paul Galen has dismissed the notion that the Bulldogs were impressive in their recruitment for the season, labeling Canterbury’s purchase as “a motley crew” and revealing that he laughed at the top eight wishes of club supporters.
With the departure of coach Trent Barrett on Sunday night, a view held by many in the Bulldogs’ brutal start to the season is that Canterbury should perform even better according to its new appearance list.
The troubled club has added Matt Burton, Josh Ado-Carr, Matt Duffy, Tevita Pangai Jr., Paul Vaughan, Braydon Burns and Brent Naden to its stock for 2022, but it is at the bottom of the ladder with just two wins from 10 games.
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In a surprising turn of the Bulldogs’ turbulent week, Naden left the club on Tuesday and signed a contract with the West Tigers, whom he could run out in a clash with Canterbury on Friday night.
Galen spoke of two Canterbury recruitment calls but scoffed at the Bulldogs’ overall 2022 purchase.
“I don’t think they’ve done so well. I really don’t. I think they’ve hired two stars,” Galen told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.
“Josh Addo-Carr is a superstar, a great finishing winger. But he’s a winger.
“The other guy (is) Matt Burton. He’s a quiet, young, introverted kid. He’s pretty cool, he’s kind of a quiet guy. He had to go there and try to lead that group around the park, and I think he’s one There was a big demand for the guy who got the Daly M Center last year and came from the Premiership winner side where he was not the team leader, he was not the fifth-eighth, he was steering the team around T-Halfback Park. And you have to remember that he Five-eighth (Bulldogs); it’s not his job to lead the team around the park.
“All the other signings they got – honestly, it was a bit of a motley crew. There was no tug-of-war between the clubs trying to get them. They were basically fired or let go by another club and then signed. “
Gun Panthers back-rower William Kikau and classy Ils hooker Reed Mahoney have signed with the Bulldogs since 2023.
The good news for Bulldogs fans is that the managers of Kikau and Mahoney have issued a statement to Nine reaffirming their commitment to the club despite Barrett’s departure.
Barrett worked as an assistant coach to Penrith with Kikau, as well as Burton and Naden.
“All pre-season I told Canterbury fans, ‘You have no hope, no hope,'” Galen added to 2GB Radio.
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“It simply came to our notice then.
“I didn’t think they’d be where they are at the moment, I didn’t think they’d fight for the wooden spoon;
“Hopefully this week you will see a response from the players. Their coach has just been fired. Of course, of course they will see a response now.”
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