With the pressure of maintaining the salary cap, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will be forced to offer veteran winger Brett Morris to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a trade deal which will see young centre Hymel Hunt head to Belmore.
Souths coach Anthony Seibold has confirmed that Hymel Hunt has been shopped around to rival clubs. With the inclusion of Dane Gagai and the return of Greg Inglis, Hunt is not apart of the club’s plans. Rather, the Redfern club will swoop on veteran winger Brett Morris, who will add plenty of experience and depth within the Rabbitohs squad.
Hunt, had a premature end to season 2016, playing only 13 games after a horrific injury, and in 2017, Hunt’s luck hadn’t changed. A move to Belmore is a fresh start for the young centre as a full-time spot was hard to come by in his previous stints with Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Souths, where he scored a total of 5 tries from his 29 games.
Brett Morris who this year retired from representative football after the State of Origin series, still has a few years left in him. The winger scored 137 tries for St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Bulldogs.
Although to many the move may come as a shock, the NRL will refuse to register the contracts of highly-anticipated recruits Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods until the club is officially salary cap compliant.
With Hunt on the cards for Canterbury, the club has many talented backline players to choose from. With the likes of Brenko Lee, Chase Stanley, Josh Morris, and Kerrod Holland, Hunt will need to ensure he has a strong pre-season to impress new coach Dean Pay and earn himself the right to consolidate the centre position.