The Bulldogs have re-signed fan favourite Dene Halatau for the 2013 season, despite having a multitude of back-rowers to pick from, for the 2013 NRL season
Whilst Halatau’s overall minutes in 2013 might diminish, the veteran forward has played in all 16 games for the Bulldogs this year, and is enjoying his footy at the club under Des Hasler.
â€œI am having a good run around this year, we have a fairly young and excited team and learning under a new coach has been great,” said Halatau.
“I am having a ball and the opportunity to play another season with these guys and another year under Des is such a great opportunity i didnâ€™t want to pass up.â€
With the Bulldogs recognised as a family club, Halatau says that that was a big factor in his decision.
â€œI came to the Bulldogs from the Tigers in 2010, where I had spent seven years, so I was fairly ingrained in the club, and it was a big change to move. As soon as I got here, I noticed the Bulldogs were a family club. I felt at home straight away, and the club made my family feel welcome too.
â€œTo continue to be a part of that is pretty special to me, and I really didnâ€™t want to change clubs. To get another year at the Bulldogs is something I am happy with, and it is great to know the club has shown great faith in me.
Todd Greenberg, Bulldogs Chief Executive, says that the re-signing of Halatau is a good one for both player and club.
â€œDene really adds value to our Club across the board, and Iâ€™m looking forward to him being a part of the Bulldogs for next year,â€ Greenberg says.
â€œHeâ€™s a good person, a good footballer and a great role model. Dene is the type of person we want around the Club long term.â€