Canterbury Bulldogs re-sign promising prospect Reimis Smith


Pay said Smith is capable of shifting into the centres, too, as the Bulldogs continue to rebuild from the ground up.

“Reimis is a great young talent and he gives us options in the back line as he is able to play both wing and centre,” Pay said.

Reimis Smith heads to the defensive line during Canterbury’s victory over the Tigers in round three.Credit:NRL Photos

“He has shown an ability to score tries and be a great finisher, but we have also been pleased with the overall development of his game in the past two years.

“We are all about building for the future and having Reimis be part of that is exciting for everyone involved at the club.”

Smith’s signing comes a week after the Bulldogs also confirmed both Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Lachlan Lewis had re-signed with the club.

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Watene-Zelezniak – who made a mid-season move to Canterbury after falling out of favour with Penrith coach Ivan Cleary – is now contracted at Belmore until the end of 2022.

Lewis – who had been linked to a move away from the Bulldogs earlier this year – has committed to Canterbury until at least the end of 2021.

The club is also hopeful they will be able to lock in captain Josh Jackson and versatile forward Adam Elliott.

While they have moved to re-sign some of their most promising young stars, the Bulldogs removed themselves from the race for 2021 free agent Latrell Mitchell last week.

The club’s recruitment and retention committee did not deem Mitchell to be the “right fit” to add to Pay’s young squad.

“After meeting as a recruitment and retention committee this afternoon we have made the decision that we won’t be making an offer to Latrell,” Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill said when asked about Mitchell last week.

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