If all goes according to plan, the 2018 Bulldogs will be almost unrecognisable from their 2017 counterparts.
According to a News report, the Bulldogs are making plays for a number of established NRL stars, and are prepared to shed players to make them happen.
At this point, the most likely signature will be that of Tigers prop Aaron Woods, who Josh Massoud says is “very close to joining Canterbury”.
The Bulldogs are also trying to entice Tigers fullback James Tedesco, who reporter James Hooper says has knocked back the Tigers, and is deciding between the Bulldogs and the Roosters for his next home.
Finally, the report suggests that the Bulldogs are also on the hunt for an established half, and links them potentially to Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk or Warriors five-eighth Keiran Foran.
But of course, this many signings would come at a cost. The most surprising loss could be captain James Graham, who reportedly may be on the chopping block, with the Knights a potential landing spot.
The report also suggests that fullback William Hopoate has been shopped around, though we suspect that the Bulldogs will find that the market for mediocre fullbacks who don’t play on Sundays isn’t as robust as they’d hope.
Whatever happens, it’s clear that the silly season is in full swing.