It really is amazing what you can do when you don't have overpaid plodders eating up majority of your salary cap. Don't get me wrong - Bulldogs have some plodders of the highest order, but as far as I'm aware they have no big contracts on their books.
Burton was always going to Bulldogs. It fits the narrative - strong relationship with Barrett from time at Penrith, won't break the bank as he is still a rookie, Bulldogs desperately need an organizing half, Belmore is like 45 mins drive from Penrith....it all fits.
I'm not convinced that JAC wants to go to Bulldogs. I think his heart is still in coming to Tigers, but given he is now stuck at Storm for another year the chips are all in his favour. He doesn't have to rush, and can court as many clubs as he pleases to drive his value for 2022 up. I honestly don't blame him at all, but it will be a massive blow to our already frail reputation if he signs at a lower team like Bulldogs over us
I think JAC's manager was only ever using WT to drive up his value. We need to shop elsewhere. JAC is an outstanding player. We should never have let him go in the first place. He could turn into a great fullback but it is not a guarantee and a club that hasnt made the finals in 10 years can't risk paying fullback money for a winger.
I would personally re-visit the Jason Saab enquiry which I think we made last year. I would be prepared to offer up a Seyfarth or a Chee Kam if Saints want a forward as is rumoured to be the case. It's not cut and dry that Saab is going to Manly now as they have apparently signed Christian Tuipulotu from the Roosters.