Rumours suggested it would happen and it has now eventuated, with Parramatta Eels centre Jacob Loko jumping ship to the club’s fierce rival, the Canterbury Bulldogs.
His now former club, the Parramatta Eels, issued a brief, simple statement.
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels have granted Jacob Loko an early release from his contract with the club to take up an offer from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
We wish Jacob all the best for his future.
Loko, who is still only 21, has so far had a turbulent time with injury in his short NRL career. He has undergone about 2-3 knee reconstructions and so far, rehabilitation has worked in some areas but not in others.
Playing in 23 NRL matches since the 2011 season, Loko’s ability is well known by all and that is an area of his game that the Bulldogs hope to see more of when he returns from injury.
â€œItâ€™s been well documented the troubles Jacob has had with injury but we think that with a change in his approach to rehabilitation we could see the best from here in the blue and white,â€ Castle said.
â€œWe have seen how much of a damaging player he is when he burst on to the scene and we hope he can back to that form here at Belmore.â€
The opportunity allows Loko start afresh.
“Yeah, it’s been really good,” said Loko.
“The boys have been really welcoming, as have the coaching staff.”
Still injured with a knee problem, the facilities available at Bulldogs headquarters also helped to shape Loko’s decision.
“Just the facilities here, so hopefully they can help me get back sooner,” said Loko.
“It’s really about trying to improve myself once again.”