Bulldogs confirm Maher’s signature for 2018 season, president welcomes returning players

RETURNING HOME: Former Cootamundra Bulldogs star Chris Maher will come back to Fisher Park in 2018 after a two-year stint with rival club Temora. The move should see Maher finally notch his 100th Bulldogs cap. Picture: CRLFC
RETURNING HOME: Former Cootamundra Bulldogs star Chris Maher will come back to Fisher Park in 2018 after a two-year stint with rival club Temora. The move should see Maher finally notch his 100th Bulldogs cap. Picture: CRLFC

The signing of former NRL star Glen Buttriss has pulled its first drawcard ahead of the 2018 season.

The return of Cootamundra’s favourite Raider has prompted another former Bulldog, Chris Maher, to leave Temora and rejoin the blue and white army.

“It's a big signing for us,” said Bulldogs assistant coach Aaron Byrne.

The versatile Maher will add to Cootamundra’s growing arsenal but there are no plans to reprise his tenure in the second row.

“He’s good on his feet, he’s a good defender and he can play across the park so we’ll look at slotting him in wherever we can,” Byrne said.

Maher’s decision has prompted speculation on whether the 2015 Bulldogs best and fairest could be joined by fellow Dragons Grant Boyd and Jordyn Ballard in returning to Les Boyd Oval.

Bulldogs president Mark Kennedy is certainly a fan of the idea.

“I’d think Glen being back could bring former players home and we’ll be welcoming them with open arms.”

Maher was a part of the 2009 under 16s premiership side and has 96 first grade caps for Coota before his stint with Temora.