I was watching the Bulldogs do a number on the Dragons last night and despite only get the W on two occasions this year, there’s a bit to work with at the club.
I love the signings that are arriving next year already in Matt Burton & Josh Addo Carr to go with a few core players I really like at the club.
In no particular order, I’m a huge fan of; Cotric, Allan, Averillo, Hetherington, Thompson & Faitala-Mariner.
Rounded out by the skipper Josh Jackson and exciting youngster Aaron Schoupp.
Watch for the latter, he’s low-key nice.
So lets get in to who I think they should target next – in Scope’s Three of The Best.
1 – Mozzarella Cheese
There have been reports linking Cheese to the Bulldogs for a minute.
I’m not sure if Melbourne are in a position to retain him but with every game he’s played in the past month, his value goes up on and off the field.
Brandon Smith is the full package for a rebuilding club like the Dogs.
He’s a proven winner, competes his ass off every minute he’s on the field and even from a club PR standpoint, Cheese will give you value. One of the more likeable characters in the league.
I’d throw the kitchen sink at him personally.
2 – Shaun Johnson
SJ came out over the weekend and announced his availability to the rest of the league.
For me he’s the perfect compliment to an up-and-coming playmaker like Burton.
Controls the game so well now as he’s matured into his career.
He would also be exactly the right guy to have at the club in terms of leadership for this young core group of players and help manage the expectations of, once again, a guy like Burton.
I see Averillo as more of a centre who can fill in the halves in a pinch than a more traditional playmaker.
Unlike Cheese, both parties would have to find common ground on a reasonable salary cap hit taking all things into account.
3- Bryce Cartwright
Not even being biased because he’s clearly a friend of us here at YKTR Sports, but he would be a perfect fit and fill a big need at Belmore.
A lot of people have linked Dale Finucane to return to the Dogs but for me, the middle of their pack is set.
They need some firepower and X factor on the edges and that’s where BC comes in.
He’s been one of the buys of the season at Parra, coming off the pine but they’re stacked at that position with the emergence of Papali’i in particular – but my boy is more than capable of playing bigger minutes.
I know for a fact he’s getting value for money at the Eels now so a nice little upgrade is on the cards for him next year and Dogs should be the ones to pay him.
To be clear, I have no idea what the Dogs have in the cap left for 2022 and beyond but if they could somehow pull this off, I can see a rejuvenation like we saw in 2012 which saw them feature in a couple of GFs in three years.