Gulgong’s Josh Jackson has been named the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs’ NRL Player of the Year for 2017.
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Although the final results of the season were disappointing for the Sydney-based rugby league club – their first year outside of the finals since Des Hasler joined as head coach – there were a number of positives that came from the season, including Jackson’s performance.
It was too little, too late for the Bulldogs in 2017 though, and with a number of performances that could only be described as ‘torrid’ and ‘dull’, it was a year that they will be eager to forget.
Jackson played in 22 games for the season, starting each in his favoured position at second row, and bagging himself just a single try against the Rabbitohs in their Round 7 win.
In an attack that wasn’t firing however, it was to be expected that his offensive contribution was low.
Instead, his 699 tackles were a key factor in his strong season that also boasted 21 offloads and 2316 meters earned.
For now the future of the Bulldogs, and Josh Jackson, is up in the air.
Des Hasler, and the safety of his position as head coach, has been the discussion of recent weeks, and big name players like Josh Reynolds and James Graham are on their way out the door.
Sam Kasiano, Michael Lichaa, Craig Garvey and Tyrone Phillips all join the out-going list at the Bulldogs.
In their stead, Tigers’ forward Aaron Woods and Warriors’ five-eighth Kieran Foran are bound for Belmore.
The 2018 season looks to be settling in to place for the playing roster, and Jackson will likely be around to see the next few years, with his contract locked until 2020 at the earliest.
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