sport news Bulldogs dominate MIKE COLMAN's list of the NRL's worst signings of 2022 trends now
Congratulations, Brent Naden. It is only Round 11, but you are officially the worst signing of the NRL season.
You might even be the worst signing of any season.
It takes a lot to outdo the former All Black front rower Kent Lambert who signed with the Panthers in 1977, played just one game due to injury and saw out his three-year contract working as a labourer on the new grandstand at Penrith Park - but you’ve done it.
Proving to be a highly-paid dud with the Bulldogs is one thing (you’re not alone in that this season) but walking out to join the Tigers on a Tuesday – and playing for them against the Bulldogs the following Friday - is another.
It’s not just unprecedented. It’s downright insulting to the club which tossed you a lifeline after a strife-riddled stint at the Panthers.
Which is why you top our list of the Worst NRL Signings of 2022.
Brent Naden's decision to walk out on the Dogs after they threw him a lifeline - then play against them days later after joining Wests - was 'downright insulting' to Canterbury
The only question is which of your Bulldogs team-mates to put at numbers two, three, four and five.
After serious debate we’ve gone for:
2. Matt Dufty. Who knew the former Dragons fullback had an aversion to tackling and a propensity to drift in and out of games? Apart from everyone who worked with him at St George Illawarra or watched him play over the last couple of years, that is. Obviously the genius in charge of the Bulldogs’ recruitment department was out to lunch when this contract was drawn up.
Matt Dufty can be electric when he's running the ball - but his defence has been shocking
3. Paul Vaughan. The barbecue king is another Dragons reject who was offered a chance of redemption by the Bulldogs and repaid them by bringing his bad old ways to Belmore with him. Word is that he is a disruptive influence around the players, and shooting off your mouth at the media at a time when the club needs all the goodwill it can get is not a smart move. Still, making smart moves, was never Vaughan’s long suite.
4. Tevita Pangai Jr. TVJ is everything you want in a back-rower. He’s big, athletic and fiery. Trouble is, the highlights package of his entire 100-plus-game career – spectacular as some of it is – lasts about 45 seconds. On the other hand, his lowlights package rolls on and on and on. It took just two minutes into his Bulldogs debut for the former Broncos headache to be placed on report, and plenty more run-ins with authority have followed. Could be one of the best players in the NRL. Instead, he is arguably the most ill-disciplined.
You can't take your eyes off Tevita Pangai Jr for a second when he's on the field as he can be reported at any moment - like he was just two minutes into his stint with the Doggies
5. This is a dead-heat between Matt Burton and Josh Addo-Carr, and it’s less to do with bad performances and more to do with