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Kennel boost with re-signing

THE Bulldogs have been boosted with the re-signing of promising young players Brandon Wakeham and Ray Faitala-Mariner for a further two years, along with Jayden Okunbor returning after his de-registering was overturned by the NRL Appeals Committee.

Wakeham, 21, a junior from the Chester Hill Hornets, has made great strides over the past 12 months, making his NRL debut in 2019 and playing in six matches for the Bulldogs this season in the halves.
He also represented Fiji with distinction in 2019, playing in all three Test matches, including a memorable performance against Samoa, when he kicked five goals and had a hand in setting up two tries.
This led to him being nominated for the 2019 Golden Boot Award for Best International Male Player.
Faitala-Mariner, 26, has been a consistent performer this season since moving into the starting side, scoring tries in two of his last three matches.
The New Zealand International is in his fifth season at the Bulldogs and is averaging over 100 running metres per game with a tackle efficiency rating of 93 per cent.
He has now made 75 NRL appearances overall.
Okunbor, 23, said he wanted to be given a second chance at Canterbury, although team-mate Corey Harawira-Naera who was also successful on appeal, is keen from a fresh start away from the Bulldogs.
Playing junior football for Milperra Colts, Okunbor made a total of 10 appearances for Canterbury in 2019 but was stood down just two days before the start of the 2020 season.

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