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CANTERBURY have missed out on a key recruitment target, with the talented English forward Lee Mossop sidestepping the Bulldogs to sign a five-year contract at Wigan. Keen to bolster their forward stocks, Canterbury had lodged an offer with the 21-year-old's management but the second-rower has decided to remain in the Super League.

''We'd been having a look at him for a few months, watching his progress,'' Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg said. ''We provided an offer and there was some dialogue with his manager. Hopefully we'll have an opportunity to get him when he is next off contract.''

Greenberg said he had no contact with former Bulldogs forward Greg Eastwood despite persistent chatter that he wants to return to the NRL from Leeds Rhinos.

The Bulldogs are in discussion about a long-term contract extension for NSW hooker Michael Ennis, with a new deal expected to be announced within three weeks. Boom centre Josh Morris and young halfback Ben Barba are their other retention priorities.

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/canterbury-hope-to-nab-mossop-next-time-20100402-rjrp.html 
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Eels' chase for Pritchard adds bite to Dogs clash

DateMarch 14, 2013
http://images.smh.com.au/2013/03/13/4107043/---art_pritchard_20130313204902185182-620x349.jpg Out with a leg injury: Frank Pritchard. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Parramatta have made a play for Canterbury forward Frank Pritchard in a move that will add further spice to Thursday night's clash between the arch rivals.
Pritchard, one of the biggest-name forwards off contract at the end of the season, is also considering interest from St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers.

However, the Eels are the club most likely to lure him away from Belmore as they attempt to bolster their pack. They thought they had nabbed their first big name under new coach Ricky Stuart when Josh Papalii signed a three-year deal worth $1.3 million. However, Canberra got underneath their guard, benefiting from a rule that allows the holding club up until round 13 to lodge a counter offer.

Pritchard has returned to his devastating best under the coaching of Des Hasler and the Bulldogs are keen to retain him. However, they are unlikely to be able to compete with Parramatta's offer. The 29-year-old has a family connection at the Eels, with younger brother Kaysa a hooker on the club's books.

A leg injury will prevent the New Zealand international from taking on the Eels at ANZ Stadium and he could be out for up to another month.

The Dragons are also looking to add starch to their pack and are keen to add the man dubbed ''Frank the Tank'' to their books.

The Eels remain cashed up after missing out on several of their signing targets including Papalii and Cowboys props Matt Scott and James Tamou. They are also after off-contract Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah but the NSW hooker is expected to re-sign on a deal that will make him a Tiger for life.

It is understood Brisbane utility Corey Norman is close to agreeing to join the Eels. Norman's preferred position is pivot but he has been shifted to fullback after the arrival of Scott Prince.

Norman has told those close to him that he is poised to accept the $400,000-a-year deal.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/eels-chase-for-pritchard-adds-bite-to-dogs-clash-20130313-2g0vz.html#ixzz2NSWVc6O2 
Bryco30

Bryco30

Great to see Klemmar resigned.

Agree that retention and a half should be our main concerns now.

The only big name halves off contract at the end of this year are Carney and Soward? 
annav3

annav3

is it worth while keeping frank the tank? 
alchemist

alchemist

money is going to be the determinative factor, i think... i would re-sign him 
Bryco30

Bryco30

+1 .. 
annav3

annav3

[h=1]Dogs' $2m to tie down Reynolds[/h]
[h=3]http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/by/Brad-Walter Brad Walter [/h] [h=4]Chief Rugby League Writer[/h]
AFTER missing out on Test five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, the Bulldogs have moved quickly to retain the services of Josh Reynolds and are tipped to announce his retention on a $1.9 million four-year contract.
Even if they had signed Thurston, Canterbury wanted to keep Reynolds but the North Queensland superstar's decision to play out his career at the Cowboys is believed to have hastened the deal.
As he demonstrated in last Saturday night's win over the Bulldogs, Thurston is arguably the best player in the game and his performance against the Melbourne trio of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater will hold the key to Saturday night's match in Townsville.
According to Sports Data's CVR (contributor value ratings) system, Thurston was the standout player in last weekend's opening round and if he maintains that form the $4 million North Queensland paid to retain him for the next four years will look like a bargain.
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Sports Data awarded Thurston a rating of 977.50 for his efforts, which included three try assists, one line break and seven tackle breaks from his nine runs, as well as nine kicks totalling 186 metres, and 14 tackles.
However, three errors, three missed tackles and three penalties resulted in a deduction of 153 rating points for an overall CVR of 824.50 for the match or 10.31 per minute.
Knights winger Akuila Uate had a CVR of 854 against Wests Tigers but he had no deductions for errors, missed tackles or penalties, while Souths interchange forward George Burgess was the best impact player with a CVR of 21.96 per minute in his 29 minutes against the Roosters.
Thurston's decision to reject massive offers from the Bulldogs and Penrith has turned the focus on other playmakers off contract this season and Reynolds had already attracted interest from several rival clubs. However, Canterbury coach Des Hasler made it clear that re-signing the Bulldogs junior was a priority and he and Reynolds' manager, Daryl Mather, agreed to meet as soon as the salary cap was finalised for coming seasons.
Canterbury sources have told Fairfax Media an announcement is expected soon after the club matched a $475,000-a-season offer from a rival Sydney club for the tough 23-year-old.
Reynolds starred in Thursday night's 20-16 win over Parramatta, scoring a long-range try and setting up another for Sam Perrett with a perfectly placed cross-field kick.
With Reynolds staying at the Dogs, Cronulla and NSW Origin five-eighth Todd Carney is set to attract attention from rival clubs and he has already been linked with a move to St George Illawarra, whose own playmaker Jamie Soward is also off contract.
The Eels are believed to be close to a deal with Brisbane's Corey Norman, who has been moved to fullback from his preferred position of five-eighth to accommodate Scott Prince's arrival at the club.

Canberra halfback Sam Williams is also in demand, and has been linked to the Bulldogs as well as Penrith and the Dragons.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/dogs-2m-to-tie-down-reynolds-20130315-2g64i.html#ixzz2Ngz0t65R 
alchemist

alchemist

i don't trust reporters when it comes to the supposed money of contracts... Reynolds needs to be re-signed but $475K a season seems much 
annav3

annav3

have heard penrith splashing the cash for Josh. and probably those dollars. 
annav3

annav3

knowing the depth of talent we have in the forwards I wouldn't be too cut if he goes

I still cannot get over how well Josh Jackson has progressed under the guidance of Des Hasler.. I always though Finucane would be ahead of the two Not that Finucane isn't doing well. 
alchemist

alchemist

i still think Finucane will be the better of the two players due to his size... but Jackson has been very good... i also think we will start to see Burr introduced to FG next season 
annav3

annav3

how good was Burr in NSW Cup? he is coming along well. Paul Carter and Harlan as well

I think Tolman should be a high priority, he really stood out for me the other night, lead from the front. His workrate is unbelievable. 
Bryco30

Bryco30

Foran and Cronk apparently over 600k. DCE, Marshall, Carney and Sandow all around 500k. l think we will be forced to have paid that much 
Bryco30

Bryco30

l've been a massive fan of Tolman since he joined the club. Definatly resign him. Its so exciting how good our forward pack is along with the young guns of Klemmar, Finucane, Jackson and Kasiano. Don't really see a long term spot for Taupau in our team.

I rate Tolman, Graham, Trex, Pritchard, Kasiano, Finucane, Jackson and Klemmar all above him long term. Which is 7 forwards plus the guys coming through under 20s will oviously be pushing for spots.

8 Tolman
9 Ennis
10 Kasiano
11 Pritchard
12 Jackson
13 Finucane

14 Klemmar
15 Williams
16 Graham

Thats one hell of a forward pack going into round one 2014. Great mix of workhorses, and damaging ball runners along with a experienced core surrounded by promising youngstars. Love lt. 
Bryco30

Bryco30

Did anyone hear how much Klemmar signed for because Zero tackle is reporting $330,000. Not that l trust their figures 
DFC005

DFC005

If you click on the "tick" you'll get the source for the contract. 
Bryco30

Bryco30

Ah very good to know, Sorry ZT. Obviously not 100% reliable but the best available information unless you are actually involved with the club. 
stevevw

stevevw

its going to be hard for us to keep all our players. pritchard will be chased and will be offered more money than we would like to pay to keep him. he was lingering in reserve grade when we bought him and dessy has reignited his career. if a club parra are after him and offer big money it will be tempting for him as he is coming to the end of his career and may not get a better offer. what he has to ask himself is will he benefit playing with them, will it enhance his game and will he have the chance to win a comp. its not all about money though many players have put money 1st and i don't blame them but have found that their careers have suffered. some coaches and club structures suit some players and when they are under another club they go off the radar. the only thing i think that will be a factor is will bulldogs be willing to match the money and do they need him as much as other clubs think they do. we have tony Williams who to me is a similar player and maybe we only need one player of that style. obviously its great having both at the moment. do we need to look to the future and develop a younger player to fill the role and maybe get a different type of 2nd rower like a papilli or even some of our own young players. 
alchemist

alchemist

you have to think that if we are going to lose anyone, Pritchard and Tolman would be the most likely candidates... i'll be sorry to see them leave (should it happen), but we have a lot of depth in the forwards at the moment and more players coming up thru the ranks (eg. Burr, Carter)

we need a halfback and to retain Reynolds... we should look at some of the best young halfbacks running around (eg. Sam Williams, Keary, Siejka)

i have also heard speculation that we may be looking into Michael Lichaa (hooker) at the Sharks... played U20's Origin last year 
annav3

annav3

I haven't heard any goss lately relating to Bulldogs recruitment and retention, which is highly unusual. Club focused on this year or have plugged the leaks :)...there was buzz yesterday that the club were to announce the re-signing of Josh Reynolds, but nothing happened. 
alchemist

alchemist

have to say, nearly all the rumours that i have heard regarding our retention and recruitment has been wrong to date this year 
annav3

annav3

very true. 
stevevw

stevevw

just thinking about our recruitment plans and wondered why we spent so much on a second rower when we had so many to start with. i guess if tony Williams is willing to come to the dogs you cant knock that back but if we had only a certain amount of money to spend then maybe we should have been more discerning. not going for a player that had that reputation but a player that we needed in a position that we knew we had a weakness in. now we were strong in the 2nd row but weaker in the 1/2 and everyone knew this. i know we had hodkinson but at the moment it seems we are not using him and maybe hasler knew he wasn't the answer. considering we paid so much for both hodkinson and Williams then this is a double whammy. maybe our recruitment department needs to rethink or have someone else involved to be thinking ahead. right now we should be looking for a 1/2 as our top priority its the position that many can see is letting us down. roosters got malony and titans got Albert Kelly so not sure if there were a lot of options out there, but there are a few coming off contract this year in carney, Johnson (though he doesn't show up as off contract?), Michael Morgan, Robert lui, Jamie soward, Daniel Mortimer, Jacob miller, Ryan stigg and http://www.zerotackle.com/nrl/rugby-league/players/carlos-tuimavave/ Carlos Tuimavave . the only other option is to maybe move barba to 1/2 and get another fullback which would be easier. barba specialist position is 1/2 and he was fantastic in that position when he was in lower grades. fullbacks off contact are Nathan gardener, Kevin Locke, Jake mullany and of course dugan who is available now but a big risk. 
alchemist

alchemist

Carney won't leave the Sharks now that Flanagan has been reinstated IMO... i also very much doubt that Johnson and Tuimavave would leave the Warriors... Soward doesn't have the organisational abilities to play halfback IMO... Lui is trouble and not worth the gamble... i would assume that Miller will be retained by the Tigers as they seem to have settled on him being their long term halfback

Daniel Mortimer does not have the skill set as a starting half... any long term future he has in the game will be as a utility IMO

Stigg is a five eighth

Barba should remain at fullback... i don't think he would be too big an upgrade to our current halves should he be moved to the '6' or '7' but he would be a big loss should he be moved away from fullback

i think the Dogs should be making inquiries about Luke Keary from the Rabbits 
annav3

annav3

have you come across paragraphs? I think Les should assist with breaking up this massive paragraph :) 
stevevw

stevevw

i didn't realize that grammer was a prerequisite for the debate page. next we will have to check the spelling mistakes.
 
annav3

annav3

Pritchard in fight to stay at Canterbury

By Ian McCullough

AAP

Tue 02nd April, 10:36pm

Frank Pritchard admits his hopes of staying with Canterbury beyond this season could be hindered by the emergence of David Klemmer, Josh Jackson and Dale Finucane.

Pritchard is off contract at the end of the year and the powerful New Zealand Test forward is yet to open negotiations on a new deal with the club.

Teenager Klemmer is rated as the best young forward in the game and recently signed a lucrative long-term contract with the Bulldogs.

Jackson and Finucane have both made encouraging starts to their NRL careers and the club is keen to tie the pair down to long-term deals with their current agreements expiring next year.

With James Graham, Sam Kasiano and Aiden Tolman also at the club, the Bulldogs forward options are strong.

Like Pritchard, Tolman is off-contract at the end of this season and the former Penrith player knows he faces a battle to stay at Belmore.

"It does make it tough for myself with young guys like Klemmer, Finucane and Josh Jackson," Pritchard said.

"They are all fighting for positions, and the club need to look after them.

"I may have to take up cricket!

"All I can do is go out there and play good footy.

"Once I do that it will look after itself."

Pritchard made his return to action from a leg injury against South Sydney on Friday and now has his sights set on making the Kiwi side for the Test in Canberra later this month.

"I need to play well for the club and hopefully I can get picked," he said.

"That is the key for everything, playing well week-in, week-out. The rest looks after itself."

http://www.nrl.com/pritchard-in-fight-to-stay-at-canterbury/tabid/10874/newsid/71500/default.aspx 

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