Canterbury Bulldogs are expected to announce the signing of Canberra Raiders and former Wigan Warriors forward Ryan Sutton on a three-year deal later this week.
After five seasons at hometown Wigan Warriors in the Super League, Sutton joined the Canberra Raiders in the NRL and has since played almost 60 games for the Green Machine.
But, according to the Daily Telegraph, the rampaging forward could be set for the exit after three seasons in the capital.
Canberra CEO Don Furner had previously told the Canberra Times that the club could lose a number of their stars with the admittance of a new NRL side in Brisbane.
“They just gave us the financials and why it would add up and why it expands the game. And I think everyone’s in agreement,” Furner said.
“We’re an expansion club. We understand the benefits of expansion for the game and we just needed to see the financials, and they looked good today and we’ll support it.”
Sutton played 25 games for the Raiders in 2021, but Canberra endured a seriously disappointing campaign, finishing outside the finals spot despite being touted by many to compete for silverware at the business end of the season.
However, Sutton’s transfer to Canterbury means there is a salary cap squeeze at Belmore, which could end with Luke Thompson finally making his exit from the club after speculation throughout the off-season.
“The Wests Tigers last year were interested in Luke Thompson, there has been some other clubs circling around Luke Thompson and he has a year to go on his deal beyond this year,” Brent Read told Triple M.
“I think someone is going to have to go, that is just a fait accompli….. well I think Thompson is a chance of leaving to be fair at the end of the year.
“I know he is saying in my mind I will be here next year, I just think someone’s got to go and the guy who has to go will be someone that other clubs want.
“He is a guy that other clubs want…. and Canterbury aren’t going to throw a heap of money in for him so you have to have a saleable asset and he is a saleable asset I’d imagine for other clubs, so he is the logical one.”