In Cameron Ciraldo's first season as head coach the Bulldogs had a difficult year, however, they will go into next season with not only higher expectations but a different roster compared to their 2023 Top 30 roster.
While Bronson Xerri, Blake Taaffe and Jaeman Salmon have signed with the club for next year, the team's new arrivals will be headlined by dual premiership winner Stephen Crichton, who will re-join Ciraldo and former teammates Matt Burton and Viliame Kikau at Belmore.
Signing a four-year deal with the Bulldogs, Crichton is set to become one of the team's marquee players. However, legendary representative fullback Billy Slater has urged Ciraldo not to move Crichton from the centres into the fullback role. A position that they have continually struggled to get right in recent years.
"I don't know if I'd move him to fullback when he goes to the Bulldogs. I think he's a quality centre," Slater told Nine's The Billy Slater Podcast.
"He's obviously getting some good ball in the Panthers' team as well."
"I think Stephen Crichton is doing a great job in the centres, not just with his attack but he's making some really good decisions defensively," he added.
"He moves really well, he's very athletic."