Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Earlier today the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs announced that they would not be re-signing numerous players, with club CEO Aaron Warburton putting out the following statement.
“I’d like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Bulldogs, to thank all of the players that are departing at the end of this season, for their efforts during their time at Belmore,” Warburton said.
“Every player is a part of Bulldogs’ history and will always be welcomed back to the club. We now wish each of them, and their family, all the best for the future.”
One name on that list of players was former premiership winner and Queensland State of Origin representative Dylan Napa.
In season 2021, Napa has made 17 appearances for the Bulldogs, scoring two tries, making eight tackle breaks, 529.6 post-contact metres, averaging 90 run metres per game and making 380 tackles for an efficiency rate of 90.3%.
Despite not being re-signed by the Bulldogs, the 28-year-old will seemingly remain in the NRL, if a report from early August is to be believed.
Bulldogs show Dylan Napa the door as Gus puts broom through Belmore
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) August 31, 2021
The Daily Telegraph reported that the Brisbane Broncos were targeting both Napa and Canberra Raiders prop Ryan James for 2022 and beyond, in a bid to bolster their already impressive forward pack.
Former Broncos captain Gordon Tallis recently spoke to the Courier Mail’s Peter Badel about his belief that the club needs an extra forward.
“The halfbacks want great front-rowers in front of them to give them time and space,” said Tallis.
“A good front-rower intimidates their opposition.
“Every pack has a leader, it’s important.
“Payne Haas is a leader but he needs a great partner to lean on.”
While Napa’s stint at the Bulldogs was not the best, the forward still has plenty left to give at NRL level as he looks to regain his former Origin form.
The opportunity for him to thrive at Brisbane is there for the taking, with a world-class halfback in Adam Reynolds heading to Red Hill in 2022 and Payne Haas arguably the best front-rower in the game, Napa will have the freedom to feel more relaxed in his environment as the pressure will well and truly be off of him.