Canterbury has announced the signing of Penrith centre Brent Naden on a two-year deal.
He’ll join the club for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
“Adding someone of Brent’s ability to our backline is tremendous news for our Members and fans, as we build towards the future,” said Bulldogs CEO Aaron Warburton.
“Brent is a proven try scorer, with a phenomenal strike rate in his NRL career so far, and we believe that he will be part of a great backline for next season and beyond.
“He has an excellent relationship with Trent Barrett and the potential to continue to improve. We look forward to what Brent will bring to the Bulldogs, and are pleased that we have added another vital piece to the squad that we are putting together to take this club forward.”
Naden is off-contract at the Panthers at the end of the season and appears to be out of favour at the club. He is yet to play first grade this year.
The 25-year-old returned a positive sample for cocaine after being drug tested at last year’s Grand Final.
While the punishment officially handed down to him didn’t result in a suspension, Naden was demoted to reserve grade by coach Ivan Cleary for the first four games of the season.
It’s unknown if Penrith would entertain releasing Naden to the Bulldogs for the remainder of this season.
The Panthers are yet to comment on Naden’s departure.
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