With a coach for 2021 locked in, the Canterbury Bulldogs now need the roster and have re-signed duo Brandon Wakeham and Raymond Faitala-Mariner.
Both Wakeham and Faitala-Mariner have signed new two year deals until the of 2022.
Wakeham, a Chester Hill Hornets junior, has shown some promise and emerges as a halves talent moving forward.
For Faitala-Mariner, a Kiwi international, hard work pays off as he is now a regular in the starting back-row.
The Bulldogs aim moving forward is to surround their side with quality and depth across all positions.
“As part of our focus on developing quality and depth in our playing squad, we are delighted that we have been able to keep two talented young players at Belmore for the next two seasons,” said club CEO Andrew Hill.
“Wakeham is a local junior who has shown the talent he has at both NRL and International level with Fiji.
“While Faitala-Mariner is the type of hard-running forward that provides us with great energy whenever he is on the field.”
Hill expects both players to be successful at the club over the next couple of seasons.
“Both players are part of a long term plan to make sure that we keep bringing quality young players through our system and continue to develop them as they form the nucleus of our squad going forward,” Hill continued.
“We are confident that both players will have a major impact for the club in the seasons ahead.”
The Canterbury Bulldogs needed some backline firepower and they have found it, signing Nick Cotric from the Canberra Raiders.
With speed, size and a try-scoring knack, Cotric has signed on at the Bulldogs for three seasons from 2021.
With 37 tries so far in his 80 games, Cotric has also represented both NSW and Australia so far in his career.
On the back of the signing of Luke Thompson, the Bulldogs are confident they are headed in the right direction once more.
“Signing a player of Nick’s ability and class is a massive boost for our club moving forward and another step in strengthening our squad to lead us into the future,” said Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill.
With Luke Thompson having joined us and Nick now bringing some great strike power to our backline, I am confident that we are constructing the quality of squad that can produce the results we are looking for in the coming seasons.”
Reserves: 18. David Gower 19. George Jennings 20. Daniel Alvaro 21. Jai Field.
Coach: Brad Arthur
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Chris Lawrence 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Billy Walters 7. Benji Marshall (C) 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Russell Packer 11. Michael Chee-Kam 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Matthew Eisenhuth.
Interchange: 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Luke Brooks 17. Chris McQueen.
Reserves: 18. Oliver Clark 19. Elijah Taylor 20. Shawn Blore 21. Alex Seyfarth.
Coach: Michael Maguire.
North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLCowboysManly); Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville; Friday, July 24. Kick-off; 6 pm.
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Connelly Lemuelu 4. Esan Marsters 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Reece Robson 10. Francis Molo 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo.
Interchange: 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Reuben Cotter.
Reserves: 18. Murray Taulagi 19. Ben Hampton 20. Jordan McLean 21. Emry Pere.
Reserves: 18. Poasa Faamausili 19. Ryan Hall 20. David Fifita 21. Drew Hutchison.
Coach: Trent Robinson.
Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons (#NRLSharksDragons); Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah; Saturday, July 25. Kick-off: 5:30 pm.
Sharks:1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Siosifa Talakai 12. Wade Graham (C) 13. Toby Rudolf.
Interchange: 14. Connor Tracey 15. Jack Williams 16. Teig Wilton 17. Royce Hunt.
Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Daniel Vasquez 21. Braydon Trindall.
Coach: John Morris.
Dragons:1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Ben Hunt 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Cameron McInnes (C).
Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Jackson Ford.
Reserves: 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tristan Sailor 20. Billy Brittain 21. Korbin Sims.
Coach: Paul McGregor.
Canberra Raiders v South Sydney Rabbitohs (#NRLRaidersRabbitohs); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Saturday, July 25. Kick-off: 7:35 pm.
Raiders:1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Semi Valemei 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Kai O’Donnell
Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Harley Smith-Shields.
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Darby Medlyn 20. Matt Frawley 21. John Bateman.
Coach: Ricky Stuart.
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Corey Allan 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds (C) 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’a 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray.
Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Hame Sele 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jack Johns.
Reserves: 18. Kurt Dillon 19. Keaon Koloamatangi 20. Troy Dargan 21. Steven Marsters.
Coach: Wayne Bennett.
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NRLKnightsBulldogs); McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle; Sunday, July 26. Kick-off: 2 pm.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Tautau Moga 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitch Pearce (C) 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Herman Ese’ese.
Bulldogs:1. Nick Meaney 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Jake Averillo 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson.
Reserves: 19. Dean Britt 20. Reimis Smith 21. Chris Smith 22. Jack Cogger.
Coach: Steve Georgallis.
Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers (#NRLTitansPanthers); Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Sunday, July 26. Kick-off: 4:05 pm.
Titans: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Dale Copley 5. Philip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor (C) 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow.
Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Tyrone Peachey 17. Jarrod Wallace.
Reserves: 18. Sam Stone 19. Nathan Peats 20. Treymain Spry 21. Jai Whitbread.
Coach: Justin Holbrook
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo.
Interchange: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Billy Burns.
Reserves: 18. Matt Burton 19. Daine Laurie 20. Lindsay Smith 21. Pat Hollis.