The Canterbury Bulldogs are looking in relatively good shape ahead of the 2022 season, with pre-season training well underway.
It's understood Matt Burton is also apart of that group, with the trio given a much longer build-in to the season following their respective clubs runs well into the 2021 finals series, with Burton and Pangai Junior winning the grand final for Penrith, and Addo-Carr reaching the preliminary finals with the Melbourne Storm.
Phil Gould, in a tweet, confirmed that both Max King and Raymond Faitala-Mariner are both showing promising signs as they recover from injury, while Aaron Schoupp and Braidon Burns are both on track to be fit in time for finals.
TPJ and JAC join in tomorrow. Max King now running at full pace and he too joins the main squad. RFM showing promising signs. Much better than his previous surgery recovery. Shoulder rehabs for Aaron Schoupp and Braidon Burns going very well. Both will be ready for Feb trials. https://t.co/OZs6I7Z6fO
— Phil Gould (@PhilGould15) December 5, 2021
The news surrounding Faitala-Mariner is the most positive of the lot.
He missed all but two rounds of the 2021 season with a foot injury, his recovery being set back multiple times in what was a cruel blow for the struggling Bulldogs.
But he is finally moving back to full fitness and will be a much-needed inclusion for the Bulldogs in 2022, even if that comes off the bench.
The news regarding Aaron Schoupp is also extremely positive. He was due to miss the start of the season recovering from a shoulder injury, however, it would now appear the centre is ahead of schedule and will be able to fight to retain his spot.
The signing of Brent Naden may put pressure on Schoupp, however, the Illawarra junior was a standout during the second half of the season for the wooden spooners.