Penrith Panthers Training Session
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Brent Naden of the Panthers runs the ball during a Penrith Panthers NRL training session at Panthers Stadium on October 20, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Canterbury have confirmed the signing of Panthers centre Brent Naden to a two-year contract.

Naden will head to Belmore to reunite with former assistant coach Trent Barrett, with his deal lasting until the end of the 2023 season.

The 25-year-old hasn't featured for the Panthers this season and has a total of 30 NRL matches to his career after making his debut in 2019, scoring 20 tries since.

The powerful centre will join teammate Matt Burton and Melbourne Storm superstar Josh Addo-Carr in heading to the Bulldogs ahead of the 2022 season in what has been another impressive coup for Canterbury.

Speaking on the club website, Bulldogs chief executive Aaron Warburton expressed his delight of the signing following the official announcement.

"Adding someone of Brent's ability to our backline is tremendous news for our Members and fans, as we build towards the future," he said.

"Brent is a proven try scorer, with a phenomenal strike rate in his NRL career so far, and we believe that he will be part of a great backline for next season and beyond.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Brent Naden of the Panthers celebrates scoring a try during the round 14 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

"He has an excellent relationship with Trent Barrett and the potential to continue to improve. We look forward to what Brent will bring to the Bulldogs, and are pleased that we have added another vital piece to the squad that we are putting together to take this club forward."

Naden has been named as a reserve for the Panthers' Round 8 clash with Manly on Saturday, while the Bulldogs will be looking to make it two wins in a row as they face the Eels this weekend.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Barrett & the Bulldogs are still going about their no quick fix.
    That actually means buy as many of the better Panthers & top quality players from other clubs that you can get away with.
    There’s no internal building at the club at all. They will continue to shed as many of the actual Bulldogs players as they can. Does that make Barrett a genius coach? I’d say if the previous few coaches had had that same luxury, they’d have eventually seen improvements in the team’s performances as well. Although, any big improvements are yet to occur.

  2. Take heart Panthers supporters.
    The one big loss has been Burton so far. Naden played Canterbury Cup for quite a while at Penrith, then Newcastle. Then back to Penrith. He’s had his problems with depression, drug taking. Then coming back from the clubs suspension, getting himself suspended in Canterbury Cup again.
    Barrett’s influence on any lower grade players will wane as time goes by. As the junior grades never knew him.
    Penrith have other good youngsters coming through like Tago ( centre ), Jenkins ( winger ) who’s rocketed up through the grades. They should make sure that they get more of these future stars locked down.

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