The Canterbury Bulldogs were successful in fending off all rivals by securing Lachlan Lewis, a 21-year-old halfback, to a two-year deal. The report from Foxspots.com.au indicated that there might be a player option for a third year in the deal.
This latest Lewis is the nephew of Wally “The King” Lewis, who played club football beginning in 1978 with Fortitude Valley and concluding in 1992 with Gold Coast, logging over 300 games at club level, without including his rep football figures. King Wally, we like that, but should it not be King Walter?
Lewis the younger made his senor grade debut in round 16 of the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition and has three senior games to his credit. Another 298 will tie him with his uncle.
Coach Dean Pay will not personally pay Lewis, but he has assured the young man that he is everything but a lock for a spot with the Dogs in 2019, starting in the halves or coming off the bench.
Lewis may have to battle Kieran Foran for the spot, however, provided Foran is ready to go in 2019.
“Despite being only 21 years of age, Lachie has shown that he has the desire and ability to be a big part of our club going forward,” Dogs CEO Andrew Hill said.“He has transitioned well into our NRL squad in recent weeks and his signing is a positive sign for what lies ahead for the club, as well as another important stage of our recruitment process for next season.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Dogs. We like that one.
Coach Pay raised the issue that the Dogs may not have enough bones to hold onto their gun backrower Rhyse Martin, as the salary cap considerations loom large.
In the end, everyone has to pay the piper, but only a few get to call the tune.