Canterbury has signed Penrith forward Jack Hetherington on a two-year deal.
The Panthers have released the 24-year-old from the final year of his contract, allowing him to link up with Trent Barrett at Belmore.
Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill welcomed the signing.
“Having someone of Jack’s ability want to be part of what we are building at Belmore is fantastic news for our Members and fans,” he said.
“Jack is a quality young player who will add a great deal of starch to our forward pack and we believe that he will continue to develop under Head Coach Trent Barrett, who he has worked with in recent seasons.
“We are continuing to build out the depth in our squad and we believe that Jack will be a real compliment to the group of forwards that we have.”
Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said Hetherington departed the club with its best wishes.
“Jack has been offered a significant opportunity at another NRL club and we believe he’s earned the right to pursue that opportunity,” he said.
“Given the limited game time we’ve been able to offer him at Panthers, the decision to grant him an early release is the right one for everyone involved.
“We thank Jack for his service to our club and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.