The Bulldogs will struggle to retain and recruit top players ahead of the 2019 season, following salary cap dramas that will hurt the club.
With 12 players off contract at season’s end, the Dogs have around just $800,000 in their cap, which doesn’t leave much room for any high-profile inclusions.
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Not only that, the Dogs will need star brothers Josh and Brett Morris to take hefty pay cuts, given their combined pay packet is currently around $1.5 million, and they are both out of contract at season’s end.
If the Dogs were to lose the Morris twins it would leave a gaping hole in their backline, given the pair have combined for 125 tries in 252 games for the Bulldogs.
Greg Eastwood would also need to take a large pay cut to remain at the Dogs, although the 31-year-old would be more likely to do so given his age and his reported lack of other options.
It seems as though Canterbury are about to pay for former coach Des Hasler’s love of back-ended contracts, with the Bulldogs now set for seasons of tight budgets.
The Sydney Morning Herald believe the Dogs have less than $100,000 to use for the remainder of the current season.