CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Jack Cogger of the Knights in action during the round 25 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium on August 25, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Promising Newcastle halfback Jack Cogger has signed a two-year deal with the Bulldogs starting in 2019.

The 20-year old is currently contracted with the Knights until the end of the 2018 season, with Nathan Brown adamant he will not be granted an early release.

His signing follows on from Newcastle’s recent recruitment of Roosters duo Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson. The opportunity to play regular first-grade football was definitely a key factor in his decision, whilst his time working with Dean Pay in the NSW Under-20s would have made the move even more enticing.

The signing of Jack Cogger is an interesting move by the Bulldogs with both Josh Cleeland and Matt Frawley coming off-contract at the end of 2018.

Moses Mbye’s move to fullback has thrown the race to the vacant halfback position wide-open as Dean Pay looks to reinvigorate Canterbury’s attack.

In more good news for Bulldogs fans, Kiwi international Greg Eastwood has been cleared to resume full training. His recent heart scare has been deemed not to have any further impact on his playing future.

Greg will be looking to put his best foot forward as he enters the final year of his contract at Canterbury.


  1. This is bad news for Woodsy, as he will now have to stop playing the halfback role and stay in the engine room

    • If you what to find “Chewbacca” in 2018 look for David Klemmer, Chewie will be right BEHIND him or running backside first into the defensive line.

  2. A much needed and welcome signing for the Dogs that will give them options and depth in the halves and relieve the pressure to move Mbye back to the halves allowing him to concentrate on FB. Well done. 👍

  3. Is he any relation to a ‘Cogger’ who used to play for Wests in years gone by? I think it was Trevor Cogger.

  4. 2019 what a joke this signing circus is. Doesn’t happen in any other sport.
    How does the NRL sit back and think this is good the sport, Clubs and their fans.

    Good on Cogger he wants an opportunity and he’s got it but seriously where’s his head going to be all season????

    • it happens in every sport mate – take a look at what is going on in the A-League at the moment for instance (and that’s outside the transfer window too).
      Players leaving, being signed, sacked or moving on in the middle of the season…its just a sign of the times.
      Also take a look at the EPL, Series A, NBA and so on, its not confined to the NRL.

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