Canterbury Bulldogs are in an interesting situation with the club having filled their full squad of 30 meaning they have no spare spaces to give deals to new signings with some of their current first team squad on developmental deals.
This created a problem in their pursuit of Siousioua Taukeiaho from the Catalans Dragons in 2024. The French club confirmed he would be leaving the club but he has yet to complete the move to the Bulldogs despite rumours that he was set to agree a two-year deal.
But whilst the Bulldogs have a full squad, this signing seemed unlikely. The Bulldogs blamed the French club for not releasing him but this seems unlikely given the statements from the Dragons.
The arrival of Taukeiaho was made even more unlikely to become available with the club reportedly interested in prop Terrell May.
Then the death knell in the move with Taukeiaho failing a medical due to a foot injury which saw the move completely collapse.
This will leave Taukeiaho available to other NRL clubs and potentially Super League clubs though that is unlikely.
Fortunately for the Bulldogs have their full squad and have continued to utilise their spots with a number of retentions such as Blake Wilson who has inked a new deal with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, signing on for a further two years and until at least the end of 2025.
The 23-year-old has shown great utility value since making his Club debut, shifting between the winger and fullback positions in NSW Cup prior to receiving a call-up to replace an injured Josh Addo-Carr.