While the annual NRL market frenzy is set to kick off in the coming weeks, we have taken a look internally to see who your club should lock down before they look externally.

3. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Rhyse Martin

After an impressive debut in round 9 of 2018 against the Broncos that included a try with his first touch on debut, Rhyse Martin took the NRL by storm for the rest of the year in an otherwise dour Bulldogs team.

Featuring 14 times over the remainder of the season, Martin recorded impressive statistics of 105 running metres per game, 32 tackles and a scarcely believable 36 goals from 38 attempts.

Off-contract at the end of the year and with the Bulldogs still reeling from the farcical salary cap management of the previous board, Martin opted to re-sign on a one-year deal below his market rate and earn a long-term contract through his performances in 2019.

Having missed out on selection in the Bulldogs first two games, Martin is back into the team for round three thanks to a combination of solid NSW cup form and dour performances from the Bulldogs first grade team. If he can perform anywhere near the levels he did last year, the Bulldogs would be foolish to not re-sign the PNG international.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Rhyse Martin of the Bulldogs reacts after converting a try during the round 17 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders at Belmore Sports Ground on July 7, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

6 COMMENTS

  1. Te Marie Martin? Would most likely make a useful centre. He has pace & backs up. Still a useless 5/8th & sets up very little.
    Sione Katoa? If the juniors there come up with a useful hooker? That player would have an easy run into first grade. Nothing so far from either hooker that they’ve been using.

  2. The Roosters I hope re-sign Tetevano. Such a hard worker and all round top player. The rumour is getting louder and louder George Burgess wants a Roosters contract, but Pangai Junior is being linked with the Roosters also. We already have our own Pangai Junior in Taukeiaho, Tetevano is the bloke we need to retain regardless of who is linked or rumoured to be after a position at the Chooks. Sydney Roosters also need to make sure they retain development program rookie big prop Poasa Faamausili long term as they have with Lindsay Collins until 2022πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘

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