In a significant show of loyalty, the forceful outside back Jacob Kiraz has committed to a contract extension which ensures his well-regarded efforts remain at the Bulldogs until the conclusion of the 2027 season. Despite the potential for enticing offers from rival clubs with his contract approaching its last year, the born and bred Canterbury talent chose allegiance to his team over seeking fresh pastures on the open market come November 1.
The young prodigy dazzled in the opening to the 2023 season, commanding the lead in the Dally M standings after an astounding first three rounds. We observed a tempering of this heated streak as the season progressed, both for Kirby and his home squad of Canterbury.
Even with setbacks from injuries leading to missed games, Kiraz managed to leave an indelible mark on the season. With six tries in 19 appearances, 69 successful tackle breaks, and ranking fifth in offloads in the NRL, he showcased his undeniable skillset and raw talent.
His commitment serves as an uplifting boost for the team as they head into a pre-season training period under the guidance of their new coach Cameron Ciraldo. Despite a disappointing past season with merely seven wins and the unfortunate distinction of the worst defensive record, this commitment is significant.
Football’s general manager, Phil Gould, was quick to shower praise on Kiraz, recognising his standout performances over recent years. He ardently believes that the athlete’s brightest days are ahead of him, adding, “Jacob has been one of the shining lights of the past couple of years and thoroughly deserves his new contract. His best is clearly in front of him.” Kiraz’s renewed commitment to the Bulldogs promises an exhilarating future both for the player and team.