Brent Naden will play for Wests Tigers against Bulldogs just days after leaving Canterbury

Brent Naden will go from training with the Bulldogs on Monday morning to playing against them on Friday night as a mid-season NRL recruit for the Wests Tigers.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire confirmed Thursday that Naden would play, insisting he was not considering a move in the opposite direction to join Canterbury in 2023.

Instead, he said his focus remains solely on turning around the Tigers’ rocky start as they sit just above Canterbury on the ladder after 10 rounds.

And he hopes that Naden can be a part of that.

The first man to leave Canterbury following the resignation of Trent Barrett as manager, Naden can give the Tigers some attacking power down the baseline after he was named in jersey number 21 on Tuesday.

“It was great for us,” Maguire said.

“I met Brent some time ago and have always kept an eye on his progress…it just became an opportunity when he became available.

The Wests Tigers NRL coach looks at reporters during a news conference in 2021.
Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire said the team had been looking for someone to attack wide and Naden was the right choice.(Getty Images: Albert Perez)

“Where we are right now, we’ve been looking for someone with a wide strikeout.

“I went back and took a look at his highlight reel from when he was at Penrith and he’s a very talented center.”

Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson called the move a shock, revealing that Naden texted the team to announce his defection.

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