Mitchell Moses of Els congratulated the West Tigers after kicking Jackson Hastings in their Round Six NRL match-winning field goal.
Andrew Johns has called on the Bulldogs to join the club in 2024 and aim for a top-class halfback and a top-class fullback to start the next era of their success.
Earlier this week, General Manager of Canterbury Football Phil Gold published in Wide World of Sports Six tackles with gas The podcast that he aimed at 2024 for a full roster overhaul has been signed next season with just a few players.
That list includes Reed Mahoney, William Kikau, Matt Burton (player substitute), Josh Ado-Carr and Tevita Pangai Jr., which has given the club an exciting platform to build around.
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If Burton sticks around – and this is likely to be a significant upgrade to his current $ 500,000-a-season deal – he and Mahoney will build two backbone pillars that the Bulldogs lacked quality throughout in recent fat years.
Mahoney will reach a চুক্ত 600,000 deal in one season, which will put Canterbury in a better position to invest heavily in 2024 and beyond.
Speaking at the Wide World of Sports Immortal behaviorJohnson has identified Hastings and Reese Walsh as his top picks for those roles, both of whom will be out of contract at the end of next season.
Hastings will turn 28 at the start of the 2024 season, while Walsh will be 21. If the Bulldogs can persuade the two of them to sign, they will have a backbone that they can build well into the future, Burton will be 24 years old. Mahoney turned 26 at the start of the 2024 season and in April of that year.
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Johns said the lack of talent through juniors in key positions would force the Bulldogs to pick familiar numbers and pay their handsome money to guarantee a bright future.
Picking off a list of halfbacks who came out of the contract in 2023, Johns said the Bulldogs would not be able to remove Sam Walker from the rosters and chose Ben Hunt against targeting the top halfbacks because of his age.
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“You’ve probably seen it and you’re probably saying Jackson Hastings,” Johns said.
“He’s the one who has to go after them but get him out of the Tigers, because the halfback doesn’t have that much depth in the competition. You probably have to pay $ 800- $ 900,000-a-season or more. Get Jackson out of the Tigers.”
Johns added that Walsh was the best option among the available fullbacks, selected from a list that included Lateral Mitchell, Scott Drinkwater, Will Kennedy and Dane Laurie.
“Reese Walsh will be number one for me, and after that I’ll go to Scott Drinkwater,” Johns said. “He’s a fullback cover but the fifth-eighth, really a creative player.
“Did Kennedy get the magic behind it and Dan Lorio, but if I had to sort them out, I’d say Walsh, Latrell and then Dan Lorry and Will Kennedy together but again, you’ll get Rees Walsh you’re going to have to pay $ 800- $ 900,000.”
Johns described Drinkwater as “a good thing to follow” for playing in the Cowboys, with 25-year-old Hamiso competing with Tabuai-Fido for a permanent claim to the No. 1 jersey.
Although Gold has a lot of work to do to build a winning roster, his first task will be to replace Trent Barrett as coach when the under-fire mentor falls on his sword on Sunday night.
Johns has worked as a confidant for Barrett and says he was surprised that his end came so soon.
“I thought he’d see the season,” Johns said.
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But as the Barrett era drew to a close, Johns encouraged the Bulldogs to think outside the box and considered bringing brothers Ben and Shane Walker to the club to give them a chance to make a unique impression in the NRL after their early success in the Queensland Cup. As coach of the Ipswich Jets.
That appointment could have the added bonus of making Sam Walker think twice about re-signing with the rosters. While this is unlikely to happen, Johns said bulldogs need to be patient and think long-term without resolving quickly.
“A great example is Melbourne and a great example is Penrith,” Johns said.
“And you’ve seen the combinations of key fields, they’ve all come together in Penrith, so they know how to play each other. Combinations are so important, so there’s no quick fix.
“They have to build from the inside out, and their advantage is that they have Phil Gold there. He understands how to build a club and how to coach juniors, but it will take time. So Bulldogs fans, try to be patient.”
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