The Bulldogs are slowly starting to stop the talent drain from their club and have added another impressive player to their 2009 roster by snaring Queensland Origin front rower Ben Hannant on a 3 year contract.
The robust and talented Hannant has grown in stature since leaving the Roosters and linking with the Brisbane Broncos.Â His form this year has been dynamic and he was rewarded with a call-up to the Queensland Maroons Origin Squad.
After developing well under Wayne Bennett, Hannant has chosen to leave the club at the same time as his coach and return to Sydney with the Dogs until the end of the 2011 NRL season.
Only 23, Hannant made his first grade debut with the Roosters in 2005 before linking with the Broncos and earning himself a premiership in 2006.
The Bulldogs went after Hannant due to their lack of prop depth after veterans Willie Mason, Mark O’Meley and Nate Myles walked away to join the Roosters in recent times.
“This is a huge signing for us, Ben is a first rate prop and a big part of our plans for the future,” said Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg.
“We’ve been really specific in our desire to recruit players who are an asset to the club by the way they carry themselves on and off the field and Ben certainly fits that requirement.
“Signing players of his calibre is a great vote of confidence in the direction the Bulldogs are heading.”
Hannant is the 3rd big name NRL player to join the Bulldogs for next season. Already snared by the Bulldogs aggressive recruitment team are Dragons centre Josh Morris and Cronulla half-back Brett Kimmorley.