2022 is shaping up to be a ripper of a season. The Penrith Panthers will be looking to defend their crown, while at the opposite end of the table the Canterbury Bulldogs enter the season completely transformed.

A host of big-name players have switched clubs, new coaches will take the reins. To say I'm excited is an understatement.

Some players though will start the season under immediate pressure.

Whether it be pressure to hit the ground running at their new club, pressure to take them that one step further in 2022 or other factors, the pressure is on.

We look at ten players who face pressure from Round 1 in 2022.

9. Matt Burton

Burton's signing was absolutely genius when it was announced. Given the incredible season he enjoyed at the Panthers, it now looks as though even better business yet.

With expectation comes pressure. Burton is looked upon as the saviour.

Yes the club has signed incredibly well. Their forwards are a completely different beast in 2022, while Matt Dufty shapes as a super buy.

The Bulldogs 2022 season though comes down to the form of Matt Burton. Especially when the club doesn't have a standout option at seven.

If Burton plays like he did in 2021, the Dogs are a very real chance of playing in the finals. If not, then the eight looks out of reach.

That's a lot of pressure for a 21-year-old with minimal experience as a playmaker at the first grade level.

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