SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 06: Andy Saunders of the Panthers celebrates winning the 2013 Holden Cup Under 20's Grand Final match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have added depth to their forward pack for season 2017, by signing 22 year-old prop Andy Saunders from Penrith.

The former Quirindi Grasshoppers junior (Tamworth), was part of the Penrith NYC team that won the premiership in 2013, and was selected for the Junior Kangaroos the following year.

He was the NYC Team of the Year prop in 2014, as well as playing for the Panthers in their Grand Final win in the State Cup.

His signing comes on the back of the Bulldogs also signing lock Rod Griffin from the Tigers this week.

The forward joined his new teammates today and will look to impress over the coming weeks as the trials begin.


  1. Twice in the space of a week the dog have enticed a player to break his contract.
    Dogs by name Dogs by nature.
    Maybe we should go back to calling them the Berries

    • Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

      “We are sorry to be losing Andy but at the same time excited he has been given a wonderful opportunity with another great club,”

      “Andy has been tremendous for the Panthers and his next club have secured themselves a very good man.

      “We wish Andy all the best for the future.”

      Doesn’t sound like anyone is being a dog to me Kraken.

      • While I have no idea of the circumstances in this case, you would have to believe in the tooth fairy to take ANY notice of press releases.

  2. You are right Kraken. The Bulldogs are the only team in the competiton who entice players to break there contracts. They really should be more like the other 15 teams. It’s not good enough. Saunders was probably dragged against his will away from Penrith. I hope he is OK.

  3. Not sure why the dogs keep buying forwards. I don’t think they have an all-out fullback. Hoppa isn’t bad but I don’t think he is FB material, more a centre/wing.

    Added to that, the halves combo is far from exciting or creative. Both a ball runners instead of ball playing and neither Grub or Mbye are commanding type halves.

    considering Hoppa is there – spine should be something like the below.

    Hoppa – Mybe – Cleeland – Reynolds

    Licha isn’t required and the money can be spent on trying to bring in a 1st class FB – teddy etc.

  4. Bargain prices. Young forwards to learn off graham and tolman. Then take over. I assume that’s the plan. And I think a big play will be made for Moses and teddy

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