Melbourne Storm Training Session
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Josh Addo-Carr looks to pass during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at Sunshine Coast Stadium on September 29, 2020 in Sunshine Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Canterbury are closing in on three big signatures in what shapes as a massive coup for the club.

According to Fox Sports' James Hooperthe Bulldogs are edging towards signing Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr, Roosters halfback Kyle Flanagan and Panthers young gun Matt Burton.

The Wests Tigers were originally thought to be the frontrunner to secure Addo-Carr, but Canterbury are now in the box seat to land the NSW and Kangaroos star.

The Bulldogs are expected to up the ante in their pursuit of Burton on November 1 when he becomes eligible to be signed from 2022.

Meanwhile, the Flanagan deal is expected to go through in the next 24 hours.

Incoming Canterbury coach Trent Barrett's eyes will be lighting up as his side looks to get injected with some serious attacking firepower.

Hooper also reports that the Storm are eyeing Bulldogs winger Reimis Smith as a potential replacement for Addo-Carr.


  1. come to pappa

    With Cotric, Hetherington, Wadell Boyle (reserve grader) already signed
    Flanno Fox and Burton signalled to be coming the only missing piece is a number 9

    Enter block of cheese …

    Now there’s at least a top 4 squad for T Baz to woerk on

    Watch Thompson’s shape and size with a full off season. Mark my words he will be front rower of the year 2021

  2. Think Flanagan and Burton would be great signings but think Addo-Carr wouldnt exactly be that amazing.

    Flanagan and Burton would make a solid 7 and 6 combination that could grow and develop together with Blake Green helping guide them.

    I think they should look at Angus Crichton and Brett Naden. Crichton and Flanagan would know each other’s games well from there time at the roosters this year. Imagine Flanagan Crichton Cotric and DWZ on an edge. Then Naden with Burton who obviously play together at the Panthers on the other edge with Okunbor and Josh Jackson.

  3. I know they are looking at Naden but I think we have to many second rowers
    Jacko, RFM, Elliot, Chris Smith Doorey, Stimson, Wadell

    And as for Burton Luai is being signed long term and will partner Cleary in the halves no spot for Burton. At the Dogs he would be a definite starter and with Flanno thers your halves for 5+ years easily. The fox would be a good addition

    All thats missing is a 9 which JMK is not

  4. Doganator…
    What’s Naden got to do with your second rowers ? Naden is a centre!
    Do you think the Bulldogs would want to play this centre in the second row for some reason?
    Penrith wouldn’t have to release Burton to the Bulldogs or anyone else right now. He’s got a year to run on his contract. They should do the right thing for Penrith for once & not release him early.
    If they were going to make a deal for Burton, that would be valuable to Penrith & to another club . It would be to make a 2 year swap deal with Brisbane. Burton for Staggs. Brisbane could use a good 5/8th & would give Penrith a top centre pairing for 2 years. Win, Win for both clubs.

  5. Also Doganator.. If Naden was going to go somewhere? Melbourne had some interest in him. You’d go to Melbourne any day, in front of the Bulldogs.

  6. What did you think of my idea for Burton, Panthers 18?
    If he re-signs for Penrith. A 2 year swap deal with Brisbane, in return for Staggs coming to Penrith.
    It’s first grade experience for 2 years, at a top club for Burton. It’s a win for Penrith’s backline for 2 years , with Staggs there.

  7. Staggs is a great player, and so is Burton. I say Staggs, and Naden, can go elsewhere, and Burton into the centre position, or lock. If that happens, then yes to Staggs, EastOfDivide.

  8. What about veteran Nathan Peats as lock/hooker depth for a season or two? There’s also Danny Levi who is without a club for next season.

  9. Only problem with Burton to lock ,Panthers 18? It’s blocked by the possible future captain Yeo.
    Yeo to second row? Second rowes there are : Kikau, Martin, Capewell, Lindsay Smith ( a future star ), Billy Burns etc. possibly Capewell won’t be re-signed. ( Pity as he’s been a good try scorer & has brought plenty to the position, when not injured ).
    Centre for Burton? Possibly, if he wanted to play there & could sub into the halves with an injury to someone else. Especially if Naden goes & Whare is gone.
    Then you still have May to fit in & he’s good too.
    So that’s why I suggested a loan ( swap ) deal for Burton for 2 years. Especially if the club gets a top centre in return for 2 years.

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