The Bulldogs under new coach Trent Barrett have been one of the biggest players in the transfer market and are expected to up the ante this week.
The November 1 deadline arrives on Sunday with clubs free to negotiate with players coming off contract at the end of 2021.
Read on for all the latest player movement in Transfer Whispers.
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BULLDOGS’ MIND-BLOWING OFFER TO PANTHERS STAR
The Panthers are set to ramp up their pursuit of on-contract Panthers back-up five-eighth Matt Burton when the November 1 deadline hits.
Clubs are free to talk to Burton from Sunday as he is only signed for the 2021 season and James Hooper revealed the Bulldogs are set to offer a mammoth deal.
“What I hope Penrith do is release Matt Burton because I think he deserves to play first grade every day of the week,” Wendell Sailor said on Triple M’s Origin Rumble.
“I know the Panthers have a pretty good young squad there now and I think their halves are going to be there for a long time.
“I think you have got to let him go to another club and play first grade every day of the week.”
“You raise a good point because with the Panthers there was a school of thought a couple of weeks ago that they were really going to dig their heels in,” Hooper said.
Matt Burton will be hunted hard by the Bulldogs.Source:Getty Images
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“The thought was they would be adamant that well he has signed a contract. He is here at Penrith and if Nathan Cleary or Jarome Luai gets a long-term injury next year there is an opportunity for Matt Burton to go straight into first grade.
“I think the thinking is starting to shift a little bit now and the Bulldogs are just going to blow them out of the water.
“As of November 1 they are officially allowed to sign him, so that is tomorrow. I think they are talking about offering him a contract upwards of $500,000 per season.
“That is a hell of a lot more than he is on at Penrith. I’m sure the Bulldogs will make it clear to the Panthers that he has a saloon passage straight into first grade than if he remains at the foot of the mountains and is getting held back a little bit.”
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THE FOXX FAVOURING BULLDOGS OVER TIGERS RETURN
The Bulldogs are the favourite to land the signature of wantaway Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr for next season and beyond.
The NSW and Kangaroos winger is desperate to return to Sydney for family reasons and wants to play fullback and James Hooper believes the Belmore club has the upper hand in the hunt for his services.
“It is out of Canterbury and the Tigers, but I think he is leaning towards joining Trent Barrett at the Bulldogs,” Hooper said on Triple M’s Origin Rumble.
“I think that Trent is considering him and looking at playing him in the fullback role.
“The Tigers certainly thought they were holding all the aces, but as it has transpired over the course of the last six weeks I think it is more leaning towards Josh going to Belmore.”
Wendell Sailor pointed out it was a cruel twist of irony for the Tigers, who let Addo-Carr go to join the Storm in 2016 where he went on to become a representative star and premiership winner.
Josh Addo-Carr looks set to join the Bulldogs.Source:Getty Images
“Do you remember when Josh Addo-Carr was at the Tigers and talking to other clubs and I said to then coach Jason Taylor are you disappointed about losing Josh Addo-Carr?” Sailor recalled. “And he said, no not really.”
“The Tigers don’t get me started with their recruitment and retention policy over the course of the last 10 years,” Hooper fumed.
“From James Tedesco to Ryan Papenhuyzen to Josh Addo-Carr. Mitchell Moses is at Parramatta now. Aaron Woods should never have left.
“It has just been one bad decision after another and a big part of that has been the constant revolving door around coaches.
“Ivan Cleary has got to accept some responsibility for that because he was signed on a four-year-deal and it obviously didn’t pan out that way.”
ROOSTERS SET TO POACH RABBITOHS YOUNG GUN
The Roosters are expected to lure teenage sensation Joseph Suaalii away from arch rivals South Sydney.
Suaalii’s future has been a drawn out soap opera since he rejected a lucrative extension with South Sydney and it appears as though the Roosters will be in the box seat when the fat lady sings.
“I think he is leaning towards the Roosters,” James Hooper said on Triple M.
South Sydney’s Joseph Suaalii for SG Ball against the Roosters.Source:Supplied
“They rolled out Trent Robinson, Daniel Anderson their recruitment manager and Sonny Bill Williams to speak to Joseph and educate him about their club, what they have to offer and why the Roosters would be the right fit for him.
“It has been the never ending story for a kid who hasn’t played a game of NRL just yet. But it is looking increasingly likely that he will go from South Sydney to their foundation rivals the Sydney Roosters.”
Originally published asTransfer Whispers: D-Day arrives as Bulldogs set to ‘blow Panthers out of water’ with Burton offer
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