2019 Position Breakdown - Hooker

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 hooker position.

Michael Lichaa:

Lichaa played 20 games for the club in 2018 and this season will be his fifth at Belmore.

The 25-year old has played 100 NRL games to date, with 85 having been played in the blue and white.

In 2018 he made 734 tackles, averaging 36 per game and was second behind Josh Jackson for most made in the season by a Bulldogs player.

Lichaa averaged 48.2 running metres per game, had the most dummy half runs at the club with 75, came up with 7 try assists – the equal most by a Bulldogs player in 2018 and had a tackle efficiency of 94.4% for the 2018 season.

Jeremy Marshall-King:

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

Jeremy spent four of the 23 games he played during his first season at the club at dummy half in rounds 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Jeremy proved to be a player of real utility value over the course of the year.

The 23-year old had 30 tackle breaks, 4 try assists, 4 line-break assists, an average of 56.2 kick metres and 42.1 running metres per game, in addition to 522 tackles with a tackle efficiency of 87.8%.

Fa'amanu Brown:

Brown joined the Bulldogs in 2018 after spending his junior days with the Cronulla Sharks.

The 23-year old played nine NRL games for the club, all spent in the dummy half position and was a member of the successful Intrust Super Premiership team.

He scored a try in the club's round 16 win over the Newcastle Knights and during his 15 matches in the Intrust Super Premiership, Brown scored nine tries, came up with 31 tackle breaks, 12 line breaks and six try assists.

The Bulldogs utility will now be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.