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News The Mole: Bulldogs forward Raymond Faitala-Mariner's career in doubt after injury setback

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Bulldogs forward Raymond Faitala-Mariner's career is in the balance after he underwent a bone graft on his foot.

The barnstorming forward had surgery earlier in the year but the injury did not heal properly.

The bone graft is a major surgery and there is a 20 per cent chance that Faitala-Mariner, who managed just two games for the club this season due to the injury, could be forced to hang up the boots.

"It is a possibility but we are hopeful it won't come to that," Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould told Wide World of Sports.

"If things go to plan, he will be running in three months and able to play in six months.

"It's too early to tell what will happen."

The Bulldogs today signed former Cowboys and Broncos forward John Asiata, as Wide World of Sports reported several weeks ago.

 

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Sometimes you just have to offer him the option to retire and get him in as a welfare officer to prolong his earning capacity until past his potential playing days.

Unfortunately he makes Foran look like a man of steel.
 

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Not his fault clearly but effectively 18 months plus on the books and just 2 games, i can't even remember anymore if he is any good?

Also, sure as shit the 6 months will be 7......
 

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Surely Uncle Arthur can give him a 300k p/ year job pulling beer or standing on a door to help the situation?!
 

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I'm loving all these sackings and potential earlier retirement for players. Great way to open up more cap space.
 

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"there is a 20 per cent chance that Faitala-Mariner, who managed just two games for the club this season due to the injury, could be forced to hang up the boots."



Did anyone else just laugh their arse off at this bit? That means, that, wait for it................. there's an 80 per cent chance that he won't have to hang up his boots. :tonguewink::tonguewink::tonguewink::fearscream::fearscream::fearscream:;););)
 

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If he medically retires it could free up to 500K. With left overs from sacking Elliott (and buying Asiata) it would be enough to spend on Cheese or if not Kikau for 2023. If we're not getting Pearce or Cheese I'd go Kikau - big upgrade on RFM and big increase in the size of our pack.

For 2022 Hetherington could be a good edge, so could Thompson (both have good leg speed)

2023

Vaughan
Cook
Thompson
TPJ
Kikau
Jackson
 
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