Young gun Rhyse Martin, in a show of faith for Canterbury, has re-signed with the club in a new one-year deal with the struggling side.
Martin’s re-signing is much-welcomed for the Dogs who this season have struggled amidst salary-cap pressure, forced to release star players Aaron Woods and Moses Mbye.
Veterans Josh and Brett Morris will also depart Belmore next season, as well as back-rower Greg Eastwood, adding fuel to the Bulldogs’ hellfire this season.
The Dogs’ Adam Elliot said the club’s rebuild relies on the retention of the back-rower.
“He’s really earned that contract. It’s a really big lift having young guys staying on at the club for a couple of years,” Elliott told the Daily Telegraph.
“Rhyse is a really good ball runner. He runs a great line on the edge and he probably runs the best line at our club and we’ve been saying that for a while.
“He’s been doing it in NSW Cup for years and years now.”
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill was elated following the news of Martin’s committal:
“Rhyse has been part of a new group of younger players that have made their NRL debuts this season and who will form the nucleus of our squad going forward,” Hill told the club’s website.
“His re-signing is another positive step in creating a balanced squad that can complement each other next season and take our club in the right direction. We are delighted to have him back on board.”
The 25-year-old has made eight first grade appearances for the Bulldogs this season and made an undeniably memorable debut against the Broncos.