2019 Position Breakdown - The Halves

Over the course of the pre-season bulldogs.com.au will analyse each position in the Bulldogs top 30 squad, along with the options Dean Pay has in 2019.

Today week we take a look at the halfbacks and five-eighths.

Kieran Foran:

Foran managed 12 games in his first season at the club, missing the back half of the year following re-constructive surgery on the ligaments in the toe of his left foot.

The 28-year old has made a full recovery and has been setting a high standard over the pre-season in preparation for 2019.

An experienced half with 185 NRL games under his belt, Foran is a fearless player who takes on the line without any fear for his own wellbeing. He can also play in the number six or seven jersey.

A brilliant short side player who in 2018 averaged 61.7 running metres per game.

 Lachlan Lewis:

Lewis burst on to the scene in style, making his NRL debut in round 16 against the Newcastle Knights.
The talented half showed composure and class in his first NRL season and impressed everyone with his toughness on the field.

The five-eighth finished the season with 9 games, 9 forced dropouts, 322.5 average kicking metres per game, 3 try assists, 3 line-break assists, 4 offloads, 210 tackles, 52.6 average running metres and a tackle efficiency of 83%.

The 22-year old capped off his first year in the NRL by claiming the club's Rookie of the Year award. He also extended his contract with the club until the end of 2020.

Jack Cogger:

Cogger arrived at Belmore after signing a two-year contract with the Bulldogs for season's 2019 and 2020 from the Newcastle Knights.

The 21-year old has played 20 NRL games over three seasons, including 12 last season in both the halfback and five-eighth positions.

In his 12 matches, Cogger came up with 6 line-break assists, 5 try assists, 7 offloads, an average of 165.5 kick metres per game and a try.

Jack is the son of former Western Suburbs half back Trevor Cogger.

Brandon Wakeham:

Wakeham, a local junior from Chester Hill, is a graduate of the club's Harold Matthews, SG Ball and Youth High Performance teams and was named SG Ball Player of the Season in 2017.

The talented half spent the 2018 season with the club's Jersey Flegg side and played two matches with the Intrust Super Premiership team.

The 19-year old played 17 games with the under 20s and came up with 17 try assists, 21 line break assists, an average of 60.9 running metres and 190.4 kicking metres per game, as well as a goal kicking percentage of 76.1%.

The halfback signed a two-year contract extension at the beginning of the 2018 season, keeping him at the Bulldogs until the end of 2020.

Jeremy Marshall-King:

Marshall-King was a real find for the club in 2018, playing a number of positions across the season, including the halves.

Jeremy spent 14 of the 23 games he played during his first season at the club at halfback and five-eighth and came up with two tries in the number seven jersey.

The 23-year old had 30 tackle breaks, 4 try assists, 4 line-break assists, an average of 56.2 kick metres per game, in addition to 522 tackles.