NRL club’s chief slams “impatient” fans over potential signings as move for England star remains possible

Today the Canterbury Bulldogs have confirmed that fullback / centre Corey Allan had been released from the final year of his contract with the club.

In a statement on the club’s website, the Bulldogs said:

“Corey Allan has been released from the final year of his contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, effective immediately.

“We thank Corey for his two years of service to the Bulldogs and wish him all the best for the future.”

One of the reasons for the ease at which the Bulldogs have let Allan go could be because they are already in the market for a new fullback and have been linked with two centres who want to make the switch to the number one shirt.

They are of course, England star Herbie Farnworth who currently plies his trade at Brisbane Broncos and the man who broke English hearts with a Golden Point drop goal in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final between England and Samoa at the Emirates: Stephen Crichton.

Both these men are targets for 2024.

However, the departure of Allan has led to speculation that the Bulldogs could make a signing prior to 2023 which  could see the Bulldogs go all in on the duo now.

On this Canterbury Bulldogs Chief Phil Gould, who may surprise fans by having an interest in an English player given he said “England can’t beat Samoa” at the start of the World Cup, answered fans on Twitter.

When asked directly about another signing for 2023, he said:

“See how the summer goes. See what’s available. We might have some kids to promote. There’s no hurry.”

Meanwhile, when directly asked if Allan’s departure will lead to a signing or the promotion of a young player he simply said: “Could be either, neither, or both. You are so impatient,” seemingly frustrated with the impatience of fans.

It remains to be seen what happens to Allan. He has previously been linked with Super League clubs in the past so could be so again.

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