Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Season 2022 has been a roller coaster ride for Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs five-eighth Matt Burton so far.
The 22-year-old looked to bring about change at the Bulldogs this year after joining the 2021 wooden spooners from premiers the Penrith Panthers.
However, the Bulldogs began the season with a win/loss record of 1-6 after their first seven games with head coach Trent Barrett parting ways with the club shortly after as they once again found themselves on the bottom of the ladder.
It was looking quite bleak for Burton and his teammates but within the past month, everything has changed.
The Bulldogs have won their last two games by scoring at least 30 points and holding their opponent to 12 or less which has seen them not only improve their win/loss record but their for and against also which now sees Michael Potter’s side sit in 13th place on the NRL ladder and just four wins away from a spot in the top eight.
Matt Burton has been a key component of this Bulldogs resurgence and will be even more confident going forward after having one of the best State of Origin debuts in recent history when he scored a try and assisted one in New South Wales’ 44-12 win over Queensland.
From November 1st Burton will be free to negotiate with rival clubs for 2024 and The Daily Telegraph’s Phil “Buzz” Rothfield believes the Dubbo native should be demanding a hefty fee for his services.
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“I spoke to Dave Riolo today, who manages Burton and he is not ready to do a thing at the moment,” said Rothfield on NRL 360.
“He wants the boy to have a strong Origin III and keep winning for the Bulldogs and then look at it later.
“The interesting thing he emphasised is that Matt Burton will not sign anything until he knows who will be coaching the Bulldogs next year.
“I think he is closer to $1 million.
“He is on about $500,000 now. Canterbury got him for unders, way unders.”
Burton will return to the Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon as they take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.