Canterbury Bulldogs soccer boss Phil Gould has hit again at rumours that the membership is seeking to offload winger Josh Addo-Carr.
The hearsay mill erupted on Wednesday after the Eels had reportedly launched a bid to snag the celebrity if the winger was launched by Canterbury.
However, on Thursday, the Eels had been joined by the Tigers, Dragons and Knights whose hats had been thrown within the ring for Addo-Carr.
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The 28-year-old Addo-Carr is likely one of the NRL’s greatest wingers however had a tricky finish to the season.
He was knocked out on the Koori Knockout, banned for 2 matches and subsequently stood down from Australian responsibility.
The winger then got here underneath fireplace after he in contrast the Israel battle to Indigenous land rights, a put up he apologised for the next day.
But after an sad season on the Bulldogs the place he nonetheless scored 11 tries in 15 matches for the fifteenth positioned Canterbury aspect, it had been reported that Addo-Carr had been at odds with membership officers.
Speaking on Nine News, Phil Gould closed the door on the transfer.
“I don’t know who started these rumours. I don’t know why they started these rumours. I don’t know why people delve into these rumours, it’s got me beat,” he instructed 9News Sydney.
“I don’t know what’s going on with Josh Addo-Carr and why he’s in the papers at the moment.”
Addo-Carr had met with Gould who confirmed his future was secure on the membership a fortnight in the past.
Gould stated the assembly wasn’t a disaster assembly, extra checking on his welfare.
“Josh had an eventful couple of weeks and we just wanted to make sure that he was okay, make sure he was all settled down,” he stated.
“He probably knows that he stepped out of the crease there a little bit, but people make mistakes, that’s the way it goes. As for the other rubbish in the papers, I don’t know where that came from.
“Josh Addo-Carr is a very important part of our club. He is very popular with the members and fans. He has come here for a reason – to help this club rebuild, and we’ll continue to do that.”
Gould stated Addo-Carr was “vital” to the Bulldogs’ plans.
However, it hasn’t stopped the Eels seemingly leaving a door open for an unlimited transfer.
It comes after The Eels reportedly broached the choice of a participant swap for Ryan Matterson, though the Bulldogs want to bolster their entrance row shares after shedding Tevita Pangai Jr, Luke Thompson, and Franklin Pele.
The membership additionally signed Warriors ahead Josh Curran to a multi-year-deal and he’ll be part of Stephen Crichton, Blake Taaffe, Bronson Xerri and Jaeman Salmon in becoming a member of the membership.
But whereas the Bulldogs have been probably the most lively membership on the signing entrance for the previous few years, Gould stated the signing frenzy was not over but.
“Not by any means,” he stated. “We’re a couple of years into this program and we’ve virtually nearly turned the roster over in that time and we’ve done a lot of work in the junior pathways and a lot of young fellas coming through. Hopefully that all marries up in a couple of years time.”
But talking on Triple M on Thursday earlier than the Gould interview went reside, Newscorp’s Brent Read stated nothing was a certainty.
“I think with Gus Gould at the Dogs, I think guessing what’s going to happen with Josh Addo-Carr is full of peril because you don’t know,” Read stated.
“Obviously there’s a lot of rumours going around about him at the moment, he’s had some off-field issues, he’s obviously missed the first couple of games of the Pacific Championships because of that. It was reported there were some concerns over his season, his form, his attitude and there are clubs waiting, there are clubs wanting a piece of Josh Addo-Carr.
“My sense is that he won’t be going anywhere but I think it’s more about putting Josh on notice and telling him that ‘hey mate, you need to play better, you need to get things right on the field’. That’s my sense of it all, but there are clubs waiting in the wings that would love to have Josh Addo-Carr on their roster.
“So if he is squeezed out of Canterbury, if things do go pear-shaped there, he’ll find a home somewhere else. He’s that good a footballer. And clubs will be falling over themselves to sign Josh Addo-Carr.”
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