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Bulldogs keen to keep Josh Morris

Canterbury Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle hopes Josh Morris will re-sign with the NRL club, but brotherly love could convince the star centre to return to St George Illawarra.
Bulldogs keen to keep Josh Morris
by AAP

By Justin Chadwick

PERTH, Oct 26 AAP - Canterbury Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle hopes Josh Morris will re-sign with the NRL club, but brotherly love could convince the star centre to return to St George Illawarra.

Morris comes out of contract at the end of next season and is considering rejoining twin brother Brett at the Dragons in 2015.

However, Ben Barba's exit from the Bulldogs might just convince Morris to stay at Canterbury.

Morris has established himself as one of the best centres in the game since joining the Bulldogs at the end of 2008.

And the 27-year-old added another string to his bow when he starred at fullback during Barba's absence at the tail-end of last season.

Morris was initially reluctant to move from his preferred position, but he may change his tune now that Barba has left.

"Josh is an important part of our squad and once he gets back from the rugby league world cup we'll be having discussions with him about extending his contract," Castle said.

"He's a quality player. Any time you have an international player in your squad, you want to make sure that you keep them, because they add such significant value."

The Bulldogs had been linked to Warriors fullback Kevin Locke and Parramatta flyer Jarryd Hayne, but Castle said the club would probably focus on developing their own young talent.

"It's a very complex jigsaw puzzle," Castle said.

"We haven't had any significant discussions with any other fullbacks at the moment. A lot of the significant fullbacks are still on contract with their clubs.

"We've got some young talent coming through and Des is going to have a crack at developing those into the next Ben Barba."

Castle was in Perth this week to announce the club's decision to play a home game in Western Australia next season.

The Bulldogs reached the grand final in 2012, but were knocked out of the finals this year, by Newcastle, at the first hurdle.

Castle says it's time for the club to repeat their effort of 2004, when they beat the Roosters 16-13 in the premiership decider.

"It's been 10 years between drinks for us, and that's a really long period of time.


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