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Bulldogs see May signing as solution to growing prop problem

January 21, 2024

Bulldogs see May signing as solution to growing prop problem

Canterbury is ready to offer rising Roosters star Terell May a long-term contract in the hopes the 24-year-old, who is off-contract at the end of 2024, could solve the issues already building in the club’s forward pack.

The Bulldogs have lost several big names from their engine room recently, including Tevita Pangai Jr and Luke Thompson, and missed signing Sio Siua Taukeiaho due to medical reasons, and many within the club believe May could be a suitable recruit to fill that gap.

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The Daily Telegraph has reported an offer has been made to May’s party, though The Sporting Base has still only heard there have been informal talks; no paper has been put down in front of anyone just yet. Any potential deal, which should fetch May around $500,000 a season, would begin in very late 2024 either way.

The Sporting Base previously reported this interest back in November last year.

The towering prop has been earmarked by several clubs, but only Canterbury have come forward.

The Roosters are also very interested in keeping him, but with a pile of forwards already on the books—including Lindsay Collins and new pick-up Spencer Leniu—it’s likely May will have to make way.

Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo already has a close relationship with the breakout youngster, with the pair working together at the Penrith Panthers when May was coming through the under-20s and playing in the NSW Cup.

The only thing that may throw a cog in any wheel is if an NRL or Super League club tables an offer for May’s two brothers, Taylan (currently with the Panthers) and Tyrone (who is in England). Terell declared as recently as last week that he would move to any club that would sign all three so he could play with his brothers before one of them retires.

“We are all off at the same time. That’s the preference, if a club can get all three of us, I’ll sign there in a heartbeat no matter what,” he said on The Bloke In A Bar podcast. “I think everyone would.”

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