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News Canterbury rookie Dean Britt following dad Darren’s path at the Bulldogs

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  1. Spoonman84

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    It will be 19 years since a Britt last took the field for Canterbury when Dean follows in his club legend dad Darren’s footsteps next season.

    Darren captained the club during his 168-game stint and featured in Canterbury’s 1995 grand final win.

    “I’ve thought about,” Dean said of his Bulldogs debut. “If I get the chance, hopefully dad can give me my jersey and we will see if he gets emotional. He is not emotional, so it’ll be interesting to see.”

    Dean, naturally, grew up as an avid Bulldogs fan. His first memories were watching his dad train at Belmore and visiting the dressing rooms after the game. The Belmore dressing room is a bit different these days but his dad’s impact on the club is there for the 25-year-old to see every day.

    “Every locker has a club legend’s photo and their playing stats,” Dean said. “I’ve got my old man on my locker. It was Corey Harawira-Naera’s locker but he moved for me. At first it was a little weird, but it is very special.

    “Dad stayed out of all my negotiations. I kept him updated but he left it to me. I know my nan is very happy I’m here.”

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    Darren Britt captained the Bulldogs to a grand final triumph.

    Dean has taken the long road back to Belmore. Stress fractures in his back as 16-year-old cruelled him from taking the field in Canterbury’s Harold Matthews squad. Two years later he was overlooked by the Bulldogs for their under-18 SG Ball side.

    So he took a punt and signed a long-term deal with the Storm, where he was coached by now Bulldogs coach Dean Pay in the under-20s.

    “I had the HSC, I finished my last exam and went straight to Melbourne the next day,” Britt said. “Mum called me about a week later and told me I went too early and I missed an exam. One of her mates was a supervisor and rings and asks, ‘Where’s Dean’.”

    Britt played just one game for the Storm in 2017 before joining South Sydney that same year. When the Rabbitohs told him this year he wasn’t guaranteed a long-term deal, he knew immediately where he wanted to sign.

    “I said to my manager, ‘Can you speak to Dean (Pay) to see if there was a spot there,’” Britt said. “The Dogs were interested. That’s when Souths said they wanted me to stay, too, but they only offered me one year and the Dogs offered me two.

    “I would’ve liked to have stayed my whole career at the Dogs but it didn’t happen. I’ve only played 17 games. I want to keep playing first grade.

    “I’ve wanted to play NRL my whole life and get a spot in the 17 in round one.”

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  2. Typical dog

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    Good luck. He has a strong couple of forwards to compete against for a spot.
     
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  3. Sancho2020

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    Lol Pay coached him in the 20s
     
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  4. Daustin

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    not sure if he will get much game time but its nice to see people who grew up supporting the club being given the opportunity to play for them. Adds that little bit extra for me
     
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    If he's picked on merit only, then that's great that he's back where his Dad played.
     
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  6. boggie23

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    To be honest he is turning 26 in the next few months. Hardly a rookie. Maybe journeyman. Seeing as it’s 3 clubs and under 50 games played.
     
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  7. Moedogg

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    Hard to see him get a run ahead of Stimson and RFM. I really don't like these sort of signings (25 year, 17games) but I guess you need them to make up the top 30.
     
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    On average less than half of all 1st grade players actually play more than 50 top grade games. His name might get him a contract, but like Pay and the current front office he will need to perform or else. If he is even half as good as his old man he will be worth working with.
     
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  9. Bazildog

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    Dude, this might help..

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  10. Dogggy

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    I loved watching his dad play back in the day, he was a no nonsense type of guy who never took a backward step
    Really old school tough as nails
    In saying that I think dean is fortunate to be thrown a bone by our management and could be his last chance to make a name for himself
    He better go full throttle next year or could be the begging of the end
    Last part of this year wasn’t too shabby,good luck (young) Britt
     
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    Good luck Too him when he gets his chance to have a run, may be an ok signing, may not.
     
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    He was terrible in that game we beat Souths towards the end of last season only time I've really noticed him. Reserve grader or bench 1st grader at best
     
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    That's what im thinking... Seems a good kid and his got some game in him but if his got any chance at the dogs for the future his gotta play out of his skin week in week out.
     
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    I think we should be focusing on developing Britt into a Prop. I think he'll suit the way Pay wants his forwards to ball play between/link up with each other (short passes). It'll just depend if he can improve and be good enough. I really don't see him having a future in our Second Row.
     
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    Hes a perfect depth signing but the concern is pay picks him ahead of rfm or toumounga
     
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    He's rubbish at prop, looked far better on an edge. Just a bog average player at best.
     
  18. Chris Harding

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    In his 20s, not the 20s.
     
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    We had a string of tough players over the years. Robbo, Costello, Hicks, Ryan, Gillespie - they were hard men, and brought out the mongrel that made the Dogs the most feared team in the comp. Darren Britt was in that mould. I saw him play - he epitomised what the Dogs were about. Never surrender.
     
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    Spot in 17 guaranteed...
     

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