There’s a big story brewing in Belmore, with the Bulldogs reportedly considering releasing forward Aiden Tolman to the Sharks. Or maybe they aren’t. It’s difficult to say.
The reason it’s so difficult is the release of conflicting stories about Tolman released by two major news outlets today.
This evening, Adrian Proszenko reported on SMH that Tolman is being targeted by the Sharks and Titans, and that the Bulldogs would consider granting a release if Tolman were to request one. That’s all good.
Where it gets complicated though, is that less than 12 hours earlier, The Mole reported on WWOS that while the Bulldogs had previously been shopping Tolman around, they’ve since had a change of heart and are now considering keeping him for the rest of the season, due to the assumption that they’ll be without Aaron Woods and David Klemmer “for 10 weeks during the State of Origin period” (though why you’d assume that both are automatic selections based on current form we’re not sure, and we’re even more confused as to why they’d be gone for 10 weeks, anyway).
Further confusing the situation is that the SMH report explicitly states that “at no stage has Canterbury shopped Tolman around”, again in direct contrast to the WWOS report.
So, there you go. Feel free to join the dots (though we’re more confused now than when we started).
Tolman has played 220 first grade games for the Bulldogs and Storm.