DONE DEAL: Canterbury have Announced the signing of a prolific forward on a two-year deal from the Warriors

Canterbury has landed a major catch in their bid to shore up their forward pack, drawing Josh Curran away from the Warriors on a two-year deal beginning next season.

Curran was formally signed by the Bulldogs on Thursday after the Warriors informed him that he would not be re-signed beyond 2024 but that he may begin searching elsewhere.

Curran joined the Warriors from the Sydney Roosters in mid-2019 and has been one of their most reliable back-rowers for the past four seasons.

Canterbury could benefit greatly from his signing. While they have skill in the halves and outside backs, they have traditionally lacked in the forward pack.

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“From the first time I saw Josh Curran play, he looked like a Bulldog to me,” Bulldogs general manager Phil Gould said.

“Once he became available, we had no choice but to sign him up.”

“At 24 years old, his best football is clearly ahead of him.” We are thrilled to have Josh join our team.”

The acquisition of the attacker comes as speculation about the future of standout winger Josh Addo-Carr continues.

The Bulldogs are adamant they would not release a representative flyer, although other clubs are said to be interested in the 28-year-old.

Following rumblings of discontent in recent weeks, Parramatta, Newcastle, and Wests Tigers are thought to have expressed an interest in signing the winger.

Addo-Carr recently received a two-game suspension for his role in a Koori Knockout brawl on grand-final weekend, which he served entirely in the Pacific Cup.

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With 27 tries in 38 games in his two years at the Bulldogs, the former Melbourne winger has offered some flare.

However, he has suffered as a result of Canterbury’s lack of strength up front and slow momentum in the middle of the field.

Gould, on the other hand, took to social media on Wednesday night to reject reports that Addo-Carr is set to leave the club.

“Sometimes I just sit here and laugh at the things people say and do,” Gould said on his X account.

“I’m not sure what motivates them… They are obviously far too intelligent for me… They’re on a completely different level.”

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