SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Rhyse Martin of the Bulldogs converts a try during the round 17 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders at Belmore Sports Ground on July 7, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

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.

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“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.

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