In a decision that will delight Members and fans of the club, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have announced that they will bring back their NSW Cup side this coming season, after receiving clearance from the New South Wales Rugby League to do so.
The move will see the Bulldogs go back to running their own team in the NSW Cup in 2022, in addition to continuing their partnership with Mounties, to whom they will provide players and support.
The Bulldogs have a tremendous history at a reserve grade level, having won 10 Premierships throughout history, with the last coming in 2018, after a last gasp 18-12 victory over Newtown at a packed Leichhardt Oval.
Bringing the NSW Cup side back to Canterbury has been something that Chair, John Khoury, has worked tirelessly on since taking over the role:
“Bringing back our Reserve Grade side to Belmore is something that was very important to both the Board and all of our fans, and we are delighted that we have been able to achieve this for next season.
The decision will be beneficial in that it will allow us to create a full pathway from juniors all the way through to the NRL, and the NSW Cup side will be a vital part of that going forward.
We have a rich history of success at Reserve Grade level and that has always flowed through to the NRL. Our aim is to create depth and competition, and to return to being a club that develops its own players and brings them through the system.
We want to return to creating a winning culture here at Belmore, and we believe that this will be another step in the right direction in regard to getting there.
We will continue to partner with Mounties to provide support for their team in 2022, through the provision of players.
We thank both Mounties and the NSWRL for working with us to achieve this, and we look forward to seeing our players run out in Bulldogs colours this coming season.”