NRL the Mole news 2023, Canterbury Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo to choose leadership captain group


New Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo will name a leadership group rather than an individual to replace retired skipper Josh Jackson this season.

Jackson led the Bulldogs through some troubled times over the past five seasons before making the surprise call to hang up the boots in October – and finding a new captain is proving a difficult task.

Ciraldo is expected to name a group of two or three players to lead the club as a result in coming days.

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New signing Reed Mahoney is certain to be among the select group, while star winger Josh Addo-Carr, utility back Matt Burton and respected English forward Luke Thompson are also in the mix.

The Bulldogs are expected to be among the big improvers in 2023 after splashing out on Mahoney (Eels), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Ryan Sutton (Raiders), Andrew Davey (Sea Eagles), Franklin Pele (Sharks), Hayze Perham (Eels), Fa’amanu Brown (Wests Tigers) and Josh Reynolds (Hull FC) for the start of the Ciraldo era.

They are also looking at the long term, signing Bronson Xerri (returning from drug ban) and Stephen Crichton (Panthers) for 2024 as well as a host of talented young players.

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