Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
After making his debut for the Bulldogs in 2018, Lachlan Lewis looked like he was going to be the half that the club needed to once again achieve prominence in the NRL.
The 25-year-old would go on to play 43 games for the Bulldogs but his time at the club has officially come to an end.
Recently, an investigation into Lewis’ actions was conducted when he was alleged to have stolen speakers that were supposed to be sent out to all 16 NRL clubs, which has now led to the Bulldogs not renewing the Brisbane native’s contract that was up at the end of 2021.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Officer Andrew Warburton has put out a statement.
“After issuing Lachlan a breach notice and following due process regarding his response, the club has decided to part ways with Lachlan, effective immediately,” said Warburton.
“The Club is committed to supporting Lachlan during this time and we wish him all the best for the future.”
The club has issued the following statement on Lachlan Lewis.
— Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (@NRL_Bulldogs) September 14, 2021
When looking at Lewis’ immediate future, it is hard to see him getting another job in the NRL due to the mistrust clubs must be feeling towards him.
A move to Super League would likely be the best career move for him at this point, as Lewis looks to rebuild his reputation and reinvent his career.
The Bulldogs on the other hand will see the silver lining in this situation, as they have now not only freed up salary-cap space but have also freed up a spot in the halves, as they look to find incoming five-eighth Matt Burton a partner in crime for next season, with reports that they are currently in discussions about targeting Mitchell Pearce.
For now, the Bulldogs will look to the rebuilding of their roster ahead of 2022, with many players coming both in and out.
It will be crucial that they have a good preseason so that their new talent can gel with the current squad as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
We have not seen the Bulldogs in the finals since 2016, with this being the second-longest active finals drought in the NRL, something the club is desperate to rectify.