Matt Burton has officially re-signed with the Bulldogs on a long-term deal, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2027 NRL season.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the best young players in the competition in recent years, winning a premiership with Penrith in 2021 and making his debut for both NSW and Australia in 2022.
Burton has been earmarked as Canterbury’s long-term No.6 and after a stellar first year in blue and white, his decision to commit to the club is a major boost heading into the new season.
The Dubbo product was already signed for 2023, but his extension will see him remain at Belmore for a further four years.
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Burton said he is looking forward to working with new head coach Cameron Ciraldo and the abundance of star recruits at the Dogs.
“I’m grateful to be a part of this club,” Burton said.
“We’ve got the new coach in now and I’m really excited to work with him again. He’s a great coach and I’m looking forward to taking my game to the next level with his guidance.
“We’ve got new players in and from my teammates, all the staff, our members and fans, I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else.
“The club is on the up and I’m keen to be a part of this next chapter for the Bulldogs.”
Canterbury have added plenty of big names to their roster in recent years, with excitement machine Josh Addo-Carr also joining prior to last season.
Heading into the 2023 campaign, Viliame Kikau and Reed Mahoney will come from last year’s grand finalists and immediately add both class and experience to the improving squad.
But it was Burton’s signature that club officials were most keen to confirm, with Canterbury CEO Aaron Warburton expressing his delight to retain the playmaker.
“Matt enjoyed an excellent season in 2022 and one that led to many personal accomplishments. He is a great ambassador for the Bulldogs and has fast become a fan favourite,” he said.
“Mick [Potter] and the coaching staff did a great job last season and with the addition of Cameron this season, we now have a new but familiar coaching staff that is working extremely hard with all our players in the pre-season.
“We believe that we have been taking huge strides forward as a club and this multi-year agreement with Matt means that he will remain to be a big part of the Bulldog’s future.
“Having someone of his ability wanting to be part of what we are building here at the Bulldogs is exciting for everyone involved at the club.”