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Milestones that could fall in 2021

The 2021 season is just around the corner and once again there will be plenty of milestones and achievements to be celebrated.

Each year, the rugby league season delivers some impressive achievements and last year was no different.

With a number of potential personal milestones and individual achievements on the way, we take a look at the big numbers to watch out for in the year ahead.

The five new recruits, Kyle Flanagan, Nick Cotric, Jack Hetherington, Corey Allan and Corey Waddell are all looking to make their debuts for the club, while rookies James Roumanos and Tyrone Harding will be eyeing off an NRL debut.

New recruit Nick Cotric's 2020 highlights

Outside back Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (134) is closing in on 150 NRL games, he also requires six more tries to record 50 NRL tries and needs a further 22 games (currently on 28) to bring up 50 Bulldogs NRL matches.

The 2020 Community Service Award winner Adam Elliott sits on 147 club games, needing a further three for 150 and is 17 games away from 100 career NRL matches.

Lachlan Lewis (85), Jayden Okunbor (87) and Raymond Faitala-Mariner (88) are all eyeing 100 club games in 2021, while Faitala-Mariner (85) needs a further 15 games to bring up 100 NRL career games since making his debut for the Warriors in 2015.

The back-rower has currently played 73 NRL games for the Bulldogs and needs a further 27 to bring up the century.

Raymond Faitala-Mariner is closing in 100 NRL games.
Raymond Faitala-Mariner is closing in 100 NRL games.

A host of players including Corey Allan (29), Kyle Flanagan (29), Corey Waddell (36), Dean Britt (28), Jack Hetherington (23), Ofahiki Ogden (33), Renouf Atoni (29), Nick Meaney (43) and Chris Smith (27) are all looking to record 50 NRL games.

Meanwhile, Origin and Kangaroo representative Nick Cotric (93) needs a further seven matches for 100 NRL games and four more tries for 50 NRL career tries.

Prop forward Dylan Napa (36) requires a further 14 games to record 50 Bulldogs NRL games and Tui Katoa (48) as well as Nick Meaney (40) are closing in on 50 Bulldogs club games.

Tongan International Will Hopoate requires six four-pointers to record 50 NRL tries, while Luke Thompson, Sione Katoa and Jack Hetherington are all gunning for their first try in the NRL.

Speaking of four-pointers, Jayden Okunor (44), Josh Jackson (43) and Renouf Atoni (41) are all approaching 50 club tries.

Kick-off is only weeks away and it’s shaping as a season of excitement that will see plenty of milestones fall throughout.

Will Hopoate needs six four-pointers for 50 NRL tries.
Will Hopoate needs six four-pointers for 50 NRL tries.