SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Craig Garvey of the Bulldogs leaves the field after being sin binned for fighting during the round 13 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on June 4, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Canberra Raiders are set to sign Bulldogs hooker Craig Garvey on a one-year deal.

The 24-year old becomes the latest person to enter the revolving door between Belmore and Canberra.

The Raiders are also set to release Papua New Guinea international Kurt Baptise to ease salary cap pressure.

With Adam Clydsdale returning to the nation’s capital, Garvey looks set to battle it out for the second-choice hooker position at Canberra.

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson announced his four-year contract extension on Monday – one of the biggest in the Raider’s history.

Baptise has rejected lucrative offers from England, however, his future will be sorted out soon.

Garvey has played thirteen matches for the Bulldogs and Dragons across five season.


  1. Craig Garvey really amazes me, he will go down in History as a Career Reggies Player!

    He left the Rabbitohs in 2011 whilst being in our S.G. Ball team as he didn’t think he could crack it at Souths.
    Issac Luke, Nathan Peats and Cam McInnes were all in front of him.

    He goes to the Dragons in 2012, played in their 20s, made his First Grade debut where he had Dean Young and Mitch Rein in front of him.
    That would never work out!

    Then… In 2016 He goes to the Dogs where he had Michael Lichaa in front of him.

    NOW he goes to the Raiders with the England Hooker in front of him, Josh Hodgson.

    23 First Grade games in5 Seasons, yes a career reserve Grader at Best.
    He should have gone to the Knights!

  2. I’m surprised Garvey was never given a fair go at the Dogs considering their alternative was Lichaa who is not a hooker and has struggled in the position. Hope he gets his chance. He should be a better alternate at least to Baptiste.

    • Yer but Garvey’s strengths match up completely to lichaa he would of been forced the same game plan that failed with lichaa and that’s why it worked with Ennis. Ennis suits the hooker that Hasler wants, not lichaa or Garvey or cook which is why they showed flashes of potential but were failing. As for garvey’s prospect I see him as another version of Cook. if he joins a team that allows him to play his style of game he could be very successful, I would like to see him at warriors with him and Roache could be a pretty good hooker pairing

      • Appreciate your point of view and Dogs fans have often defended Lichaa blaming his failure at dummy half as Des Hasler’s fault due to the wrong game plan, but Lichaa can’t pass, pure and simple. It is a technical deficiency and skill set that is the major reason for his failure along with his inability to make the right decision under pressure (particularly on last tackle). All too many times Lichaa’s passes are a metre forward or behind or drop too low go to high or hit a ball runners shoulder. And that is passing right to left! When he passes on his weak side (left to right) he can’t hit the side of a barn! Lichaa also has no kicking game, he can run the ball from dummy half and that is all (provided he doesn’t chose to do this on last tackle as he often does).

        For these reasons he would be better suited IMO to play a loose forward role and take the occasional run from dummy half. He is NOT a hooker. Let’s see if things change under Dean Pay. Unless he can teach him to pass the ball in just one off-season I doubt much will change. Time will tell…

  3. Hoe would you release 1 back up hooker and sign 2 more back up hookers and some how ease salary issues?? And if it some how does ease the issue, Why invest in 2 back up hookers for a hooker who plays 80 minutes and isn’t involved in SOO? Just a waste of time by the looks of it

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