The Bulldogs have become favourites to sign Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr, a new report says.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Addo-Carr was a big chance to play for a grand final opponent next season, with Panthers assistant Trent Barrett taking over as Canterbury head coach. Addo-Carr, the NSW Origin and Australian Test winger, is a Barrett fan.
Addo-Carr is seeking a move back to Sydney for family reasons. The Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers are also in the mix for his signature.
It has been reported that he wants to play fullback; it is unclear what position he may play at the Bulldogs. The struggling club has already signed Canberra winger Nick Cotric for next season, though he could play in the centres.
The Storm granted Addo-Carr a release on the proviso that it gained a comparable player in return from his new club. That sticking point will need to be worked out in the ongoing negotiations.
Addo-Carr is leaving all negotiations to his management, aiming to enjoy a winning farewell with Melbourne in the looming grand final.
“I made the decision to put all that stuff behind me and really focus on the finals series,” he told The Sunday Footy Show.
“My manager and the Melbourne Storm are really working their backsides off to get this deal done. It is what it is at the moment and I’m/ just really focused on this game coming Sunday.”