Twins’ Bel­more boost

Mbye exit has opened the door for Mor­ris boys to re­main Dogs

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - JAMES PHELPS

JOSH and Brett Mor­ris’s Dog days may not be over just yet.

The Sun­day Tele­graph can re­veal the Bull­dogs have put both twin speed­sters back on their re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion list fol­low­ing Moses Mbye’s de­ci­sion to quit the club at the end of the year, or pos­si­bly sooner.

In what would be a ma­jor win for fans af­ter club favourites James Gra­ham’s and Josh Reynolds’s ex­its at the end of last sea­son, Josh and Brett may end up fin­ish­ing their stel­lar ca­reers in the blue and white.

The pair ap­peared cer­tain to leave the club at the end of the year af­ter the Bull­dogs ruled out of­fer­ing the for­mer Kan­ga­roos new deals be­cause of NRL salary cap re­straints.

But the de­par­ture of Mbye will free up an es­ti­mate $800,000 next year un­der the salary cap.

Mbye was last week granted a re­lease from his Bull­dogs’ deal to join the Tigers at the end of the year, af­ter be­ing of­fered a re­ported $4 mil­lion deal.

“To­day I would like to con­firm that Moses Mbye has sought a re­lease from his cur­rent con­tract, which the club has granted,” Bull­dogs CEO An­drew Hill said.

“I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Moses for his time with the Bull­dogs and his con­tri­bu­tion to the club on and off the field.

“Even though he will be tak­ing up an of­fer to join the Wests Tigers for sea­son 2019, I know that he is com­mit­ted to put­ting all his en­er­gies into the Bull­dogs for the rest of this sea­son and fin­ish­ing strongly with the club.”

Aaron Woods could be the next high-pro­file player to leave the Bull­dogs de­spite be­ing in his first year at Bel­more.

The for­ward has at­tracted in­ter­est from at least four ri­val NRL clubs.

Cronulla have been touted as front-run­ners to sign the for­mer NSW State of Ori­gin prop, ahead of the Roost­ers, with the Sharks un­der­stood to be con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a play to snare Woods for the re­main­der of this year.

“He is a good player that we may be in­ter­ested in,’’ Cronulla coach Shane Flana­gan said.

“But we have not spo­ken to him, his man­ager or the Bull­dogs. It is just spec­u­la­tion right now.’’

The War­riors and the Knights have also ex­pressed in­ter­est in re­cruit­ing Woods.

De­spite fac­ing se­vere salary cap re­straints next year, the Bull­dogs have signed Pan­thers flyer Chris­tian Crich­ton and up-and-com­ing New­cas­tle No.7 Jack Cog­ger for sea­son 2019.

The Bull­dogs are also ex­pected to con­firm the sign­ing of New­cas­tle full­back Nick Meaney next week.

Josh Mor­ris (right) with brother Brett (left).

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