In what is a difficult and ever-changing landscape I just wanted to update you on the current situation at the Bulldogs.
It is fair to say that the game has never faced a bigger challenge than what is ahead of us right now.
It runs far deeper than rugby league and is something that the whole community will have to deal with and work together to come through.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those already affected through illness or the loss of loved ones and we send our greatest sympathies on behalf of the Bulldogs.
As many of you would have seen yesterday, the NRL season has now been suspended indefinitely. Despite the efforts to continue the competition, the advice from pandemic experts was that the risk of playing on was too great and created a potential threat to player safety.
The NRL, like all the clubs, has always made player safety the defining factor around this issue.
At this stage the future of this year’s competition is unknown. The NRL has expressed a desire to complete the full draw, which would mean an extension far beyond the current provisional finishing date, but at this stage nothing can be determined until there is further information from the experts on when this might happen.
All rugby league that comes under the banner of the NSWRL has also been suspended until at least 31 May 2020.
The Club will be operating with minimal staffing levels for the immediate future until further notice is provided regarding the resumption of the competition. I ask that you are patient if you require contact with the Club in the coming weeks.
To help us get through these difficult times we need our members, fans, corporate partners and sponsors to stick together and show the resilience that the club has been renowned for over the years. We are being impacted by something that is affecting the whole community and everyone will need to stay strong together.
As we get more information we will continue to update you and make sure that you stay well informed.
We appreciate that everyone is suffering right now and we understand the uncertainty that exists for the whole country.
On behalf of the Board, the Executive team, Coaching staff and all of our playing group, we extend our gratitude and appreciation for your support during these difficult times.