NRL 2020: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs announce eight player departures, Kieran Foran, Aiden Tolman, full list


The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are going to look just a tad different under Trent Barrett next season.

Aside from what the new head coach will bring, the Bulldogs on Tuesday confirmed eight players will leave the club at season’s end.

When their dire 2020 campaign comes to a close, Aiden Tolman, Kieran Foran, Marcelo Montoya, Kerrod Holland, Jack Cogger, Sauaso Sue, Tim Lafai, and Isaiah Tass will depart.

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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs announce eight player departures, Kieran Foran, Aiden Tolman, full list


The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are going to look just a tad different under Trent Barrett next season.

Aside from what the new head coach will bring, the Bulldogs on Tuesday confirmed eight players will leave the club at season’s end.

When their dire 2020 campaign comes to a close, Aiden Tolman, Kieran Foran, Marcelo Montoya, Kerrod Holland, Jack Cogger, Sauaso Sue, Tim Lafai, and Isaiah Tass will depart.

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“Everyone at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs would like to wish the eight players all the best for the future and thank them for their contribution and the impact they have made at the club,” a statement read.

With Barrett deciding to bring in Blake Green for next season, Foran has been shown the door; the star linked with a return to Manly.

Tolman, now 31, has been with the Bulldogs for 10 years and made 276 appearances in the NRL.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all players and staff leaving at the end of this season for their efforts while here at the Bulldogs,” chief executive Andrew Hill said.

“These decisions are never easy and it is important that we acknowledge each individual person for what they brought to the club and for giving their all while they were here.

“Anyone who has played or worked here will always be part of our family and welcomed back at any time.

“On behalf of the club I’d like to wish everyone all the best for the future and I hope as many of our supporters as possible make the effort to come to ANZ Stadium on Saturday to offer their best wishes when we farewell those leaving on the field at the end of the game.”

The Bulldogs, looking to avoid the wooden spoon, will play the minor premiers, Penrith, on Saturday at 3pm (AEST).



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Aiden Tolman opens up on COVID scare at Canterbury Bulldogs


“That thought definitely went through my head,” Tolman said.

“You follow all the protocols, you do everything right, then something that is out of your control could have been the game’s undoing. You never wanted to be the person to do that.”

The Canterbury prop spoke to the Herald on Monday about his 10 days in isolation, two COVID-19 tests and hopes to rejoin the Bulldogs’ bubble on Saturday in time to face Wests Tigers.

Kennel life ... Aiden Tolman rips into some push-ups in his yard during his latest isolation.

Kennel life … Aiden Tolman rips into some push-ups in his yard during his latest isolation.

When Tolman checked the school notifications from Laguna Street Public School, he quickly contacted Bulldogs club doctor Dave Givney and club boss Andrew Hill.

As an extreme precaution, and knowing he might need 14 days to isolate, Givney told Tolman to immediately go to his spare bedroom and lock himself in for the night so he would be a chance to return two weeks later.

“That’s what the club told me, and that was the worst-case scenario,” Tolman said.

“I didn’t come into contact with the kids that night. The next day they all went to get tested, but I got up early and drove to the Prince Of Wales Hospital where I was tested and could get the results back in two hours.

Aiden Tolman will return for Canterbury on Sunday.

Aiden Tolman will return for Canterbury on Sunday.Credit:AAP

“I still had the hope I was going to be playing that Sunday against the Roosters. I got the test results back about midday and they come back clean, but I still had to isolate.

“The NRL did not want to take any risks, which is understandable. I ended up spending three nights in a hotel down at Cronulla above Northies. There wasn’t much to do. I had just started watching Game Of Thrones. I got through about three series.”

When it became clear Tolman was no hope to return for the weekend’s clash against the Sharks, he returned home to isolate with his wife Zarinah, and their three kids, aged eight, six and three.

He has not been able to leave the house. Uber Eats has been on speed dial. Canterbury officials dropped weights at his front door. He’s also used an exercise bike.

The house arrest ends Thursday when his children return to school, two weeks after any student last had contact with the infected teacher. Tolman himself can also go for a gallop around the local park.

Provided a third test is all clear on Friday, Tolman will take part in Saturday’s captain’s run.

The 31-year-old cannot wait to help the Dogs, and hopefully extend his stay beyond this season.

“I still believe I’ve got plenty to offer the game,” Tolman said.

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“I’ve been here 10 years, I’ve seen some good times and some tough times the past few years, but I’d love to see the club get back up to where it should be and wants to be and I’d love to be a part of it.”

In Tolman’s absence, the pressure on coach Dean Pay hasn’t eased off. It irks the Canterbury prop, who is a big supporter of his coach.

“We all respect ‘Deano’ and he brings that tough attitude to the Bulldogs, which is what this club is built on,” Tolman said.

“We’re not losing through a lack of effort. Our cap was a mess for a long time, we had to let a lot of players go we wouldn’t have liked to, particularly in Deano’s first year, and now is the time to give him the opportunity … let him get the team he wants and once he’s got that team, judge him then. It’s harsh to judge him right now.”

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