Canterbury have sent fullback Brad Abbey to the Canberra Raiders in a move that sees the Bulldogs fall under the salary cap for 2018.

Lock Clay Priest will become a Bulldog next season as part of the deal as he looks to add to his 31 game-tally with his new club.

Bulldogs chairman Ray Dib was happy to announce the club had become salary cap compliant because of the trade.

 "Although we are extremely sad to see Brad Abbey leave, we look forward to Clay joining us at the club. After meeting with the NRL, we are pleased to announce that the club is salary cap compliant for next season and we can now put all our focus into preparing well in the coming months under new Head Coach, Dean Pay."

Abbey has signed a two-year deal with a third year option with Raiders Recruitment and High-Performance director Peter Mullholland saying the club was pleased to have added another young talent to the squad.

“Brad was standout at junior level and was one of the best young fullbacks to come out of the NYC competition,” Mulholland said. “At just 20 years of age he showed he can perform at NRL level this year with the Bulldogs and we know he’ll work hard during the pre-season and will add strong depth to our squad.

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