In a move that is sure to please Dogs fans, but have other fans question it, Michael Ennis has re-signed with the Canterbury Bulldogs until the end of the 2014 season.
The re-signing is expected to be a huge boost for the Bulldogs, just 10 days out from the start of the NRL season, with the Bulldogs looking to make amends for a poor 2010 season.
Ennis has improved immensely since he made his debut for the Bulldogs, making the NSW State Of Origin four times since he joined the club, as well as playing for NSW Country and in the NRL All-Stars clash.
For Ennis, he says that there were a number of reasons as to why he felt it was best to re-sign with the Bulldogs.
â€œFrom day one Iâ€™ve felt at home here at the Bulldogs and Iâ€™m really pleased to be staying,â€ Ennis said.
â€œI turn 27 this month and the decision just felt right, both for myself as a footballer and also for my wife and children. From the first time I met Todd Greenberg and Kevin Moore, as well as the rest of the staff and playing group, I knew that the Club would act in the best interests of myself and my family and in turn I want to do my best for the Club.
â€œAlso, Iâ€™m really happy to have my future sorted before the start of the season and now I can focus on making this year and the years to come as successful as possible. Certainly, with the likes of Josh Morris, Greg Eastwood, Frank Pritchard, Trent Hodkinson and more here well into the future I think that Bulldogs Members and everyone who follows the Club can look forward to an exciting time in its history.â€
According to coach Kevin Moore, with Ennis re-signing, it gives the club structure, go forward and stability both on and off the field.
â€œMick is the kind of player that any head coach would love to have in his side,â€ Moore said. â€œHe leaves nothing to chance. Heâ€™s a natural leader, is about the fittest bloke in the team, and he gives us outstanding direction on and off the field.
â€œAnyone who follows Rugby League knows what a fierce competitor he is, and away from the paddock heâ€™s exactly the type of person that you love to have around the Club. Iâ€™m very pleased that heâ€™s going to be a part of the Club long-term.â€
Todd Greenberg was also full of praise, and was pleased that Ennis had decided to re-sign.
â€œMick was always keen to stay here at the Bulldogs and Iâ€™m thankful to both him and his management that weâ€™ve been able to get him squared away before the start of the season,â€ Bulldogs Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said.
â€œWe are over the moon to have him locked in until at least 2014 and Iâ€™d like to think that he sees himself staying here beyond that time. Weâ€™d love to see him finish his career as one of the Clubâ€™s greats.â€