Coach Dean Pay wanted to keep him. Aaron Woods’ deal with Canterbury Bulldogs confirmed Dean Ritchie, The Daily Telegraph April 30, 2017 5:34pm HE has Leichhardt’s 2040 postcode tattooed on his backside but Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods has taken a pot-shot at his embattled club just moments after confirming a four-year deal to switch to Canterbury. The decision has come before the June 30th deadline in order for Woods to be eligible to join the Sharks this season. “I feel like there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill explained why the move had taken place at this time: After weeks of negotiations and an impasse over fees, the salary cap-squeezed Bulldogs released Woods to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Sharks four days before the June 30 deadline. "The boys have been working hard and I still support them no matter what.". His departure from Belmore, in combination with Moses Mbye's move to the Wests Tigers, gives the Bulldogs around $1.2 million of breathing space in the salary cap. He didn't know if he was heading to Newcastle for a couple of days with the Bulldogs or packing his bags to fly with the Sharks to New Zealand on Wednesday. Overseas? Southern switch: Aaron Woods visits Cronulla Sharks facilities after signing a three-year deal. “Getting injured and not having a deal locked up for next year was pretty scary but I’m grateful the Club are putting their faith in me and have re-signed me,” Watson said. Then to the Bulldogs to gather his stuff. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. “Before that though I’m still committed to the Panthers and I’m ready to go if I’m needed before the end of the season.”. So he went to his manager's office to sign the paperwork. The club have already expressed interest in off-contract St George Illawarra stars Gareth Widdop and … “Watson’s tenacity throughout a tough season has been rewarded with a deal which will see him remain in red and blue until at least the end of next year,” the club said in a statement. We are building something special here and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”. The Knights 2020 Ken Stephen Medal nominee for his work with the Indigenous community, Watson has spent the last three seasons in Newcastle after making his debut for the Roosters in 2016. “I want to thank the supporters and Club for making the last three years so enjoyable and I’m excited to continue building and hopefully bring a premiership to Newcastle.”, ‘WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?’: Cleary’s cheeky jab at Bennett’s mind games, ‘TERRIBLE TRAINER’: Joey slams Milford’s links to Broncos captaincy, ‘DON’T BE A D**K’: Joey’s disbelief at Carney’s plan to keep NRL stars out of trouble. The new deal represents a reward for his resilience throughout an injury-interrupted 2020. Aekins said he’s looking forward to having a chance to continue his NRL career with the Raiders, where he will work with star fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad. The stand-off between the Sharks, the Bulldogs and Woods' management was over. So he did the best thing for himself with an unselfish twist. The on-again, off-again deal with the Cronulla Sharks was back on. And perhaps those representative honours he has lost since joining the Bulldogs will come back and make up for what he has sacrificed financially. Stream the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series from outside Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on WatchNRL. The 24-year-old former Roosters said he was excited to have his future secured. In the end it was Woods, tired of having his future tied to uncertainty, who bit the bullet and agreed to take a pay cut in the best interest of both parties. NRL Teams: Woods makes Sharks a premiership threat. Cleary’s cheeky jab at Bennett’s mind games, Joey slams Milford’s links to Broncos captaincy, Joey’s disbelief at Carney’s plan to keep NRL stars out of trouble, Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Stream the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership finals series live & on-demand from overseas on Watch NRL. Raiders Recruitment and High-Performance Director Peter Mulholland said Aekins would be a welcome addition to the Raiders squad for 2021. 22-year-old Aekins has played 12 NRL matches for Penrith including eight in 2020 after filling in for Dylan Edwards when he was out injured. THE Bulldogs have made a massive play to break up the Wests Tigers’ ‘big four’, tabling an offer of around $1 million-a-season to lure club captain Aaron Woods, according to Fox Sports’ chief NRL reporter James Hooper. 2020 squad: Jesse Arthars (2021) Jack Bird (2020, PO 21), Patrick Carrigan (2022), Xavier Coates (2021), Brodie Croft (2022), Thomas Dearden (2021), Herbie Farnworth (2020), David Fifita (2020), Thomas Flegler (2021), Alex Glenn (2021), Payne Haas (2024), Jamil Hopoate (2020), Jamayne Isaako (2022), Jordan Kahu (2020), Richie Kennar (2020), Rhys Kennedy (2020), Matt Lodge (2022, PO 23, 24), Issac Luke (2020), Anthony Milford (2021), Corey Oates (2020, PO 21, 22), Joe Ofahengaue (2022), Sean O’Sullivan (2020), Cory Paix (2022), Keenan Palasia (2021), Tevita Pangai Jr (2022), Izaia Perese (2020), Kotoni Staggs (2021), Ben Te’o (2020), Jake Turpin (2020, PO 21, 22), Ilikena Vudogo (2020), Issac Luke (2020). Woods was in limbo. If Aaron Woods wasn't named in Cronulla's team at 4pm on Tuesday, the deal wouldn't have happened – at least not this year. This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising. A few weeks later, just three months into a four-year deal with the Bulldogs, Woods found out in an NRL.com article he had been shopped around … And in the space of six months they lost their coach, their chairman, the majority of their board and their chief executive. What it does allow is for Aaron to join his new club before the upcoming deadline and for the Bulldogs to be able to start to plan for the future with additional cap space. Grab your finals pass now! Read on for the full NRL Transfer Centre. Connor Watson will stick with the Knights in 2021. They might not be able to lure a superstar to the club, but it does afford the Bulldogs an opportunity to put together a competitive football team a year or two sooner than they anticipated a few months ago.
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