A busy day at Canterbury Bulldogs headquarters today, with the club confirming a trio of signings in Brad Abbey (3 years), Kerrod Holland and Craig Garvey (both for 2 years).
With the need to strengthen their squad and plan for the future, their additions are one that have upside as young players and they all excite coach Des Hasler.
â€œFinding an edge is always difficult in a competition like ours but the stability of our squad will certainly help the Bulldogsâ€™ cause during the season ahead,â€ Hasler said.
â€œOur Origin and international players have been together for some time and theyâ€™ve had the time to form strong combinations.
â€œWhile weâ€™ve got plenty of depth in our squad, weâ€™ve also signed some impressive young guys in Brad Abbey, Craig Garvey and Kerrod Holland whoâ€™ll keep the pressure on everyone to be at their best.â€
â€œWith the addition of Brad Abbey, Craig Garvey and Kerrod Holland, youngsters like Renouf Toâ€™Omaga, Reimis Smith and Jake Kamire who have been elevated from the NYC team to the NRL squad will provide even more competition over the summer.â€
For Abbey, knowing that he could learn and develop under coach Hasler was an opportunity to good to pass up.
â€œIâ€™m definitely excited to join the Bulldogs,â€ Brad Abbey said.
â€œDes was a real big influence on my decision and having my family come over with me is a really important factor on my career.â€
For Holland, who won a NSW Cup with the Newcastle Knights earlier this year, it was the Hasler effect that also played a role.
â€œOne of the biggest decisions for me in joining the club was been given the opportunity to train full-time and be able to work under Des Hasler,â€ Holland said.
For Craig Garvey, who has been in and out of first-grade, it is about a fresh start and making the most of an opportunity.
â€œThe move to the Bulldogs will give me a fresh start, a greater opportunity to develop my game and be closer to home,â€ said Garvey.
Developing players and depth were the crucial aspects in their new signings and re-signings.
â€œFor us, it was about suring up the depth and making sure we have those players who are going to grow and develop over time, but also give us that depth during the tough times,â€ Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle said.
The club also confirmed the re-signings of veteran winger Sam Perrett, utility backs Chase Stanley and Tyrone Phillips and Adam Elliott, all for 2 seasons. Pat O’Hanlon was also confirmed as a Bulldog for 2016.