Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has reassured fans that popular stars James Graham and Josh Reynolds are still wanted beyond this year, according to AAP.
Rumours have surrounded the future of the pair recently (as well as that of fullback William Hopoate), following connections between the Belmore-based club and off-contract Tigers stars James Tedesco and Aaron Woods.
With regards to whether or not Graham would be back in 2018, Hasler answered “of course he is”. On Reynolds, he added “negotiations and discussions are quite fruitful. He’s an important part.”
It’s worth noting that media reports earlier in the week had the Bulldogs hoping to finalise deals with the Tigers duo on Wednesday. It’s now Thursday, and it’s entirely plausible that if those plans didn’t pan out as the Bulldogs had hoped, that their position on Graham and Reynolds may have changed.
It’s equally possible that the notoriously cagey Hasler is throwing the media a red herring in an attempt to keep everyone off the scent. We’ll inevitably all find out soon enough.