The Canterbury Bulldogs are keen to re-sign Jayden Okunbor for a further two years.
The Bulldogs rookie has been a standout in his opening two games for the senior team and according to NRL.com, he has attracted interest from three Sydney clubs.
However, the Bulldogs are well aware of the winger’s potential and negotiations are continuing between both parties.
Okunbor clocked up a combined 504 running metres in matches against the Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm.
These figures haven’t gone unnoticed by his Bulldogs teammates.
“The first two weeks he’s found a home there on the wing and his carries coming out of our end, that yardage – 290 metres against Melbourne – they’re tremendous numbers,” Bulldogs prop and vice-captain Aiden Tolman said.
“There’s not too many guys who can go though the middle of Melbourne like he did on the weekend, two or three times as well.
“The challenge of first grade is consistency and he’s performed really well for a couple of weeks. We know what he can do and we expect him now to keep going and keep producing.”
Okunbor has been with the club since he was 13 years old and Tolman has been closely following his story.
“Jayden’s been here for a number of years now,” Tolman said.
“He’s come through our junior system and I remember him from when he was 15 or 16, he’s pretty memorable looking like Jamal Idris.
“He’s a quality player and we always knew he had the talent, especially in SG Ball and under 20s, he did stand out. But it was just whether he wanted to take his game to the next level.
“Full credit to him, he has. He’s been playing really good footy. It’s really pleasing to see a guy that’s been nurtured from such a young age come through and get his crack, and take it with some really good performances.
“It’s a positive for the club and it’s really good for the fans to see.”
Okunbor will look to continue his good form against the Dragons on Sunday.