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Bulldogs look to youth in 2020

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will enter the 2020 season, after claiming seven victories from their final 10 matches in 2019, with a squad itching to get on the field for round one.

The average age of the Bulldogs squad going into the new season will be 24.2 years with eight players falling between the ages of 18 and 22.

There will be 14 players in the 23 to 26-year-old bracket and six players in the 27 to 30-year old age group.

Aiden Tolman is the only player on the club’s roster over 30 years of age.

The St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers both have the oldest squads in the competition with an average of 25.3 years.

In terms of overall NRL match experience, Canterbury has 12 members of its current top 30 who have played 30 games or less and five players in the 31 to 50 game group.

Adam Elliott (75), Kerrod Holland (60), Corey Harawira-Naera (67), Joe Stimson (51) and Raymond Faitala-Mariner (65) have played between 51 and 75 matches.

Overall that means 22 of the current 29 players listed in the top 30 who have played under 75 games.

The club has six players who have played more than 100 games and one player who has played over 250 NRL matches.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (116), Sauaso Sue (127), Dylan Napa (142) and Will Hopoate (147) have all played between 100 and 150 games, while Kieran Foran (199) and Josh Jackson (181) are both approaching the 200-game mark.

Aiden Tolman is the only player in the squad to have played more than 200 NRL games with the 31-year old currently sitting on 258 NRL matches across 12 seasons.

The Dragons have the most experienced playing list in the competition with an average of 92 games.

Clubs have until March 1 to name 29 players for the coming season, with the final roster spot to be filled by June 30.

* Please note the average age and games has been taken from the current published top 30 lists.

CHN full of confidence ahead of 2020