The Dogs beat their NRL rivals to the gun teenager’s signature

The Bulldogs are certainly planning for the long term, reflected in the signing of the 15-year-old prodigy from New Zealand.

Midfielder Aza Mautairi has signed a contract with the club until the end of 2024 after offending all the fans due to his age.

Mautairi, from South Auckland, played for Otahuhu Leopards at the popular league nursery before moving to Queensland this year, representing the Maroons at under-15 level.

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He played for Wavell State High School in the local Brisbane league and also shone at rugby union and touch football, attracting the attention of several NRL clubs.

The Bulldogs won the race for the youngster’s services and this week gave him a tour of the club’s facilities.

"We have heard good things about him and will leave him with his family in Brisbane for the next few years to complete his education." Phil Gould, head of the Bulldogs, informed Wide World of Sport about this.

Mautairi can’t wait to start his time with the Dogs in 2023.

"I will be down to Sydney a few times during the season," Mautairi said.

"I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity presented and can’t wait to see what the Bulldogs have to offer."

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