BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Corey Oates of the Broncos breaks away from the defence during the round 11 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane winger Corey Oates has reportedly been touted as a potential signing for the Canterbury Bulldogs, but not as a wing replacement for the departing Brett Morris.

Oates has long made clear his wish to become a forward, and Fairfax Media understand the Dogs are keen to bring him to the kennel to play him in the back row.

Fairfax are also reporting North Queensland are interested in the Origin winger.

With Brisbane’s back row prospects some of the best Wayne Bennett has ever seen according to the legendary coach himself, Oates’ chances of cracking into the forward pack seem limited in Red Hill.

The Bulldogs have sounded out Oates and his management, although it is believed the 23-year-old won’t make a decision on his future until at least August, with the winger set to part ways with his current management.

With the Dogs moving on Aaron Woods, Moses Mbye and Josh and Brett Morris over the past month, the club now have salary cap room for the future, and are certainly interested in Oates.

However, as it stands the Cowboys are seen as leading the race for Oates, although the Bulldogs certainly won’t die wondering.

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