Wed. May 25th, 2022

The Bulldogs have strengthened their backline strength by signing Lebanese Test assistant defender Jacob Kiraz from Newcastle.

A fast center / winger, the 20-year-old has yet to play in the NRL, but will join Canterbury’s squad and is expected to make his debut at some point in the next few seasons.

Kiraz comes from the Bulldogs juniors who play for the St Johns Eagles but have spent the last few seasons with St George Illawarra, North Queensland and Newcastle.

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The powerful youngster was upgraded to Newcastle’s top 30 for this season – a testament to his abilities – after impressing in the 2021 NSW Cup.

But he wanted to go home and has been welcomed back to Belmore with open arms.

“He’s a good kid with lots of abilities,” Bulldogs supremo Phil Gould told Wide World of Sports.

As a 17-year-old, he made his debut for Lebanon when he came off the bench in a loss to Fiji at Leichhardt Oval.

He played in one match for the Cedars in the 2019 World Cup 9s, only for Lebanon to be stripped of the win after the match to field him as a minor player.

International Rugby League rules allow players over the age of 16 to play, but the nines competition was run under the NRL rules.

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