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Bulldogs confirm Fifita signed four-year contract

Friday, March 14, 2014

SYDNEY, March 12 AAP - Canterbury boss Raelene Castle says the Bulldogs' problematic search for a star fullback will continue, after the NRL club secured the prized signature of Andrew Fifita on Wednesday for the next four seasons.

Cronulla prop Fifita has committed to the Bulldogs on a four-year deal starting in 2015 worth a reported $3.2 million in significant blow to the Sharks, where his tacklebusting runs and hard-hitting defence earned him a NSW and Australian jumper last year.

The 24-year-old will add starch to an already impressive Bulldogs pack.

But it is the fullback spot that continues to be a problem at Belmore after superstar Ben Barba was released to join Brisbane this year on compassionate grounds.

Chief executive Castle heralded the signing of Fifita and didn't rule out the Bulldogs adding a star fullback to the Shark's signature for this season.

"It is an important day for the club," Castle told AAP.

"It is not everyday you sign a Kangaroos and a State of Origin player.

"Andrew is an inspirational player and he is a great signing for the Bulldogs both on and off the field."

On the search for a fullback Castle said: "The NRL player market is always changing, it is very dynamic and there are always opportunities that arise.

"We are not going to sign a fullback just for the sake of it. But if a star fullback were to become available we would definitely be interested.

"There is a chance that could happen this year."

Broncos star Josh Hoffman continues to be linked to Belmore, despite two years remaining on his contract at Brisbane.

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