“I am extremely pleased to be able to continue my career at the Bulldogs for a further two seasons,” Payne says. “I am a local junior, I have supported the club my whole life. I am very proud to say I am a Bulldog.
“Last year was a tough season after being injured in the first trial match however I was very happy to get back on the field, make my Bulldogs NRL debut and play in the NSW Cup Grand Final winning side.
“I am very thankful to all the people who have stuck by me and shown faith. I look forward to continuing to contribute both on and off the field for the Bulldogs.
Kevin Moore is full of praise for Payne, and sees him as an asset to both the team, and the club as a whole.
“Corey is a local junior who is very passionate about the Bulldogs,” Moore says, “which makes him a great bloke to have around the Club.
“In addition he’s a tough, old school type footballer who can ball play as well. His determination to succeed at whatever he puts his mind to is there for all to see.
“He showed in fighting his way back from injury in 2010 what a competitor he is, and we’ve certainly seen those attributes shine through in his effort and application towards his game in 2011.”
Bulldogs Chief Executive Todd Greenberg re-iterated those facts, when he said that the signing is a good sign that the team and club are cohesive with each other.
“Corey really adds value to our Club across the board and I’m looking forward to him being a part of the Bulldogs for the remainder of this year and the two years to come,” Greenberg says.
“He’s a good person and a good footballer. In short, he’s just the type of person we want around the Club long term.”