Bulldogs snap up Manly forward

17 September 2020 09:50:03 GMTPlus10

The Bulldogs have confirmed the signing of back-rower Corey Waddell, who arrives on a three-year deal from Manly Sea Eagles.

Canterbury sit at the very bottom of the NRL ladder having won just four games in this campaign, and the rebuilding process for next season is well underway.

The Bulldogs believe the addition of 23-year-old Waddell is the latest piece in the jigsaw as they look to add more quality and strength in depth to their ranks.

Waddell already has plenty of NRL experience, making 34 appearances for Manly after making his debut for them in 2019 and will be looking to kick on with his new club.

He is known for his hard running and strong defence and Bulldogs officials are delighted to have him on board for the next three seasons.

Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill says Waddell fits in perfectly with the plans they have for the future.

"We are continuing to construct our squad for 2021 and beyond and Corey will be an important part of that process," he said after the deal was announced.

"He is a hard-working footballer who is a strong defender and someone who will bring additional quality and depth to our forward pack. We look forward to Corey joining us next season."

Incoming coach Trent Barrett also knows all about the player and clearly had a say in getting him on board.

They worked together as Waddell came through the ranks at Penrith Panthers so Barrett was already well aware of his quality.

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