Bulldog vows to guard master halfback
Bulldogs forward Adam Elliott has vowed to do all he can to protect new halfback Kyle Flanagan if as expected he is targeted by the opposition in 2021.
Flanagan has been one of several high-profile captures for Canterbury during the off-season and will be crucial to their chances of doing well in the new NRL campaign.
The opposition will also realise that and the Sharks targeted the former Roosters star during Saturday's trial match.
Flanagan said after the game that Cronulla captain Wade Graham "tried to take his head off".
Elliott was not on the pitch but has vowed to do all he can to stop that from happening when they do play alongside each other.
"If I was playing half I would want to know that I can trust my back-rower and that he was going to turn up when the tough stuff was ready," Elliott said.
"Flanno is certainly aware that I am going to be looking after him out on the field, and a lot of the boys. It’s your halfback and it’s the way the game has been for a long time.
"You want them each week to look forward to playing alongside you and have that confidence in you that they are going to be protected, that they are going to be able to get on the front foot and we are going to have a good partnership together."
Elliott has also praised Flanagan for the way he has slotted in with the Bulldogs and believes he will be a big success.
"He is a lot tougher than I thought and as a back-rower that is all you can ask from your halves," he added. "He has owned the move from the Roosters, he hasn’t shied away from any of that. He has fronted up when he has needed to."
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