PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Christian Crichton of the Panthers scores a try during the round six NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Gold Coast Titans on April 15, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have added Penrith winger Christian Crichton to their list for the next three seasons.

The Dogs have signed the 21-year-old from the Panthers after he played eight games with the club this year, and will join Canterbury for the 2019 season.

Crichton made his debut in Penrith’s round three loss to the Bulldogs, and has played the past eight games, scoring one try.

Canterbury Chief Executive Andrew Hill was thrilled to bring Crichton on board, and can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2019 and beyond.

“Signing a player of Christian’s ability and potential is great news for Bulldogs fans. He provides us with a quality option in the outside backs and is part of our overall recruitment plan moving forward. We look forward to him joining us at Belmore next season,” Hill told bulldogs.com.au.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. @ ihatemanly

    This was from their member forum last night

    At a media briefing before their fan forum on Thursday night, the Bulldogs revealed they:

    •Were salary cap compliant for 2018;
    •Had 7-10 players on back-ended deals throughout 2019 and 2020;
    •Had half a dozen players with ratchet clauses;
    •Had 25 of 30 spots filled for next season with more than $500,000 to spend;
    •Were not actively shopping players around but would be open to discussions;
    •Were paying for five players at other clubs.
    The Bulldogs will be letting three international players go at the end of the year – Greg Eastwood, Brett and Josh Morris – but that won’t be the end of the pain.

    Hill rejected speculation that the club was way over its cap for 2018 and would have to shed players.

    • Doganator – a couple of conflicting points above, but I know you are the messenger.

      I am curious – what is a ratchet clause??

      • A ratchet clause is that the contract value will increase in line with the salary cap increase. So if a players contract was $700k of the $7m cap limit, they have 10% of the cap. When the cap went to $9.4mil the players contract will ratchet to $940k.

    • Doganatir – Who would the five player be that are being paid by the dogs still? I assume James Graham is definite. Kasiano won’t be. Would it be players like Brenko Lee, Tyrone Phillips, Lloyd Perrett, Shaun Lane and Richie Kennar? I would think it would be bizarre paying part of those salaries because they are so cheap.

  2. Doganatir – Who would the five player be that are being paid by the dogs still? I assume James Graham is definite. Kasiano won’t be. Would it be players like Brenko Lee, Tyrone Phillips, Lloyd Perrett, Shaun Lane and Richie Kennar? I would think it would be bizarre paying part of those salaries because they are so cheap.

  3. @offside
    To answer all your questions this may surprise you but Andrew Hill stated

    Graham is one of five players the Bulldogs are still carrying part of their salaries in their cap – the others are Brenko Lee (Titans), Brad Abbey (Raiders), Sam Kasiano (Storm) and Moses Suli (Manly).

  4. Weren’t the Bulldogs in the ISP Grand Final last year?
    I guess their player policy still doesn’t include to much of giving their locally developed players a go in first grade? No, let’s just buy more players from Newcastle , Penrith etc.

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