Gone to the Dogs: Addo-Carr ends contract circus with MASSIVE Sydney deal confirmed
The club tabled the offer to the 25-year-old reportedly worth more than $500,000 a season after he toured their Belmore facilities in late November.
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Addo-Carr has been on the hunt for a deal with a Sydney-based club for 2022 after informing the Storm he’d like to return home to be closer to family.Round 1
He originally requested a release from the final year of his contract with Melbourne to make the move to Sydney in 2021. The gun winger entered talks with the Wests Tigers and signed a heads of agreement to join the club next season however the Storm denied his release.
Addo-Carr, widely regarded as the game’s best winger, will see out the final year of his contract with the Storm before linking up with the Bulldogs.
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His signing follows a list of impressive coups by the club led by new coach Trent Barrett including Kyle Flanagan and Nick Cotric among others for 2021 and Panthers young gun Matt Burton for 2022.
The Bulldogs confirmed Addo-Carr’s signing on Wednesday afternoon.
“The Bulldogs have continued their quest to build a squad that can challenge for titles in the future with the acquisition of State of Origin back Josh Addo-Carr on a four year deal that will see him join the club for the 2022 season and keep him at Belmore until the end of 2025,” a statement read.
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Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill was excited to announce the news.
“Having someone like Josh choose to join the Bulldogs after being the target of a number of clubs is another sign that we are gradually piecing together a squad that has the right mix of experience and quality,” Hill said.
“Josh has been a proven performer at whatever level he has played and he will bring those elements of speed and strike-power that all clubs are looking for in their backline.
“Josh becomes another leader in our group and will bring the sort of winning attitude that the club is looking to create here at Belmore.
“We look forward to him joining us for the 2022 season and wish him all the best for next season.”
Addo-Carr expressed his relief to have his future settled.
“I’m relieved to have finally sorted out my playing future and can now focus on making my last year with Storm another one to remember,” he said via a statement released by the Storm.
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