SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Brett Morris of the Bulldogs and Josh Morris of the Bulldogs look on during the round 22 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on August 3, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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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.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If the Josh and Brett end up leaving the Dogs under these circumstances, it will be an undeserved end to their careers — I can’t see any club signing them both at 32+ years of age. It seems like a huge fall for the Dogs to be in this position and, given those players who have already been forced out, it must be weighing on the team’s performances in 2018.

  2. Agree drew. You cant sign them for long term and it’s a bum steer if you sign them for a year as charity for much less then they deserve. Them 2 are in limbo. Their Sydney boys so I can’t see them going anywhere far.
    Back end deals at manly now back end deals dogs are hurting players who are in it for wins not coin.

    • Tigers were in this situation not to long ago, I’m sure Sea Eagles and Bulldogs will come out of it good

  3. I wrote in the Preseason that the Dogs did approach the Rabbitohs to try and palm off the Morris twins to Souths but Shane Richardson was way too smart to allow that to happen.

    The Morris Twins didn’t want to leave anyway!
    They are on… Josh $800k and Brett $700k WAY OVERS!

    The Dogs are in massive trouble, they need a halfback desperately.
    And a couple of Prop-forwards.

    How are they going to do that?
    Easy, Make both of them take massive pay cuts down to $300k each.
    OR let them both go.
    That will free up $1.5M.

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